14 June 2001 Recent transitions of smart structures technologies through flight experiments
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A clear milestone has been reached in the development and demonstration of smart structures technologies for space applications. The success of recent space experiments not only demonstrates the feasibility of several new technologies, but also provides a glimpse of the various future opportunities available for research and development in the smart structures area. Three missions are discussed herein, as well as the role of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its government, industry, and academic partners in bringing them to fruition. The currently operating Vibration Isolation, Suppression, and Steering (VISS) space experiment and the Middeck Active Control Experiment Reflight (MACE-II), as well as the upcoming Satellite Ultra-quiet Isolation Technology Experiment (SUITE) are discussed in terms of notable achievements and lessons learned over the course of their execution. Directions for future research revealed by these experiments are also discussed, along with technology needs and transition opportunities for future operational systems.
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Benjamin K. Henderson, Benjamin K. Henderson, Keith K. Denoyer, Keith K. Denoyer, } "Recent transitions of smart structures technologies through flight experiments", Proc. SPIE 4332, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (14 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.429652; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.429652

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