12 July 2008 Precision attitude determination for an infrared space telescope
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Abstract
We have developed performance simulations for a precision attitude determination system using a focal plane star tracker on an infrared space telescope. The telescope is being designed for the Destiny mission to measure cosmologically distant supernovae as one of the candidate implementations for the Joint Dark Energy Mission. Repeat observations of the supernovae require attitude control at the level of 0.010 arcseconds (0.05 microradians) during integrations and at repeat intervals up to and over a year. While absolute accuracy is not required, the repoint precision is challenging. We have simulated the performance of a focal plane star tracker in a multidimensional parameter space, including pixel size, read noise, and readout rate. Systematic errors such as proper motion, velocity aberration, and parallax can be measured and compensated out. Our prediction is that a relative attitude determination accuracy of 0.001 to 0.002 arcseconds (0.005 to 0.010 microradians) will be achievable. Attitude control will have a jitter of around 0.003 arcseconds and stability/repeatability to around 0.002 arcseconds.
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Dominic J. Benford, Tod R. Lauer, Robert A. Woodruff, Roel W. H. van Bezooijen, and Gopal Vasudevan "Precision attitude determination for an infrared space telescope", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70104A (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789919; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789919
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