5 July 2000 Overview and status of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) technology development
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Abstract
Optical and infrared interferometry will open new vistas for astronomy over the next decade. Space based interferometers, operating unfettered by the Earth's atmosphere, will offer the greatest scientific payoff. They also present the greatest technological challenge: laser metrology systems must perform with sub-nanometer precision; mechanical vibrations must be controlled to nanometers requiring orders of magnitude disturbance rejection; a multitude of actuators and sensors must operate flawlessly and in concert. The Interferometry Technology Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is addressing these challenges with a development program that plans to establish technology readiness for the Space Interferometry Mission by end of 2001.
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Robert A. Laskin, Jeffrey W. Yu, "Overview and status of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) technology development", Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390181; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.390181
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Metrology

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Control systems

Interferometry

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