26 February 2003 Absolute metrology for the Kite testbed
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The Kite testbed at JPL is being developed to demonstrate relative metrology on a four-cornered metrology truss with six gauges to 10's of picometers. The solution to the truss equation requires accurate knowledge of the direction cosines between the fiducials, which is derived from the absolute distances that the gauges measure. The absolute distance accuracy is required at better than 10μm in order for relative metrology to measure picometer accuracy. In this paper, a technique called switched heterodyne interferometry is described and implemented. The implementation is in a calibration testbed which is used to develop the hardware and software to perform this technique, as well as to calibrate the interferometric beamlaunchers which are part of the metrology gauges. Some early tests were successful, but recent tests have had more noise in the measurement than acceptable. The reasons for this are under investigation.
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James E. Mason, James E. Mason, } "Absolute metrology for the Kite testbed", Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460941; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.460941

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