30 September 2004 Error modeling of multibaseline optical truss: part I. Modeling of system-level performance
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Global astrometry is the measurement of stellar positions and motions. These are typically characterized by five parameters, including two position parameters, two proper motion parameters, and parallax. The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) will derive these parameters for a grid of approximately 1300 stars covering the celestial sphere to an accuracy of approximately 4uas, representing a two orders of magnitude improvemnt over the most precise current star catalogues. Narrow angle astrometry will be performed to a 1uas accuracy. A wealth of scientific information will be obtained from these accurate measurements encompassing many aspects of both galactic and extragalactic science. SIM will be subject to a number of instrument errors that can potentially degrade performance. Many of these errors are systematic in that they are relatively static and repeatable with respect to the time frame and direction of the observation. This paper and its companion define the modeling of the contributing factors to these errors and the analysis of how they impact SIM's ability to perform astrometric science.
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Mark H. Milman, Mark H. Milman, Robert E. Korechoff, Robert E. Korechoff, Liwei D. Zhang, Liwei D. Zhang, } "Error modeling of multibaseline optical truss: part I. Modeling of system-level performance", Proc. SPIE 5528, Space Systems Engineering and Optical Alignment Mechanisms, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557202; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.557202


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