3 March 2003 Manufacturing and integration of the SOFIA suspension assembly
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The Suspension Assembly is the most complex mechanical subsystem of the SOFIA telescope, responsible for suspending and positioning the telescope in the aircraft on the sky. It is a highly integrated system comprising of a vibration isolating system, a spherical hydraulic bearing, a spherical torque motor, a coarse drive and airworthiness relevant components like brakes, hard-stops etc. The components were manufactured under airworthiness standards by dedicated suppliers and integrated and commissioned in 2001/2002 at MAN Technologie in Augsburg. The paper describes the experience gotten during the manufacturing and integration process.
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Eberhard Sust, Eberhard Sust, Ulrich Weis, Ulrich Weis, Eckhard Bremers, Eckhard Bremers, Walter Schubbach, Walter Schubbach, } "Manufacturing and integration of the SOFIA suspension assembly", Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458583; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.458583

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