3 September 2010 Primary mirror segment assembly integration and alignment for the James Webb Space Telescope
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Abstract
The Optical Telescope Element (OTE) consists of a 6.6 m, all-reflective, three-mirror anastigmat. The 18-segment primary mirror (PM) presents unique and challenging assembly, integration and alignment verification requirements. Each mirror segment is mechanically integrated with the Primary Mirror Backplane Support Structure (PMBSS) using compound angle shims to compensate for global alignment and local co-planarity errors. The processes used to determine the mechanical shim prescription, primary mirror alignment and integration, and placement verification are discussed. In an effort to reduce process uncertainty and program risk, the JWST program recently conducted a PMSA Integration Demonstration at ITT. Through this activity, full scale demonstrations of the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and critical integration processes were successfully completed. The results of these demonstrations indicate that the equipment, processes, and procedures developed by ITT meet the critical requirements for PMSA placement.
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Conrad Wells, Mark Mallette, David Fischer, Matthew Coon, John Amon, Les Kuipers, John Spina, "Primary mirror segment assembly integration and alignment for the James Webb Space Telescope", Proc. SPIE 7793, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV, 779309 (3 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861871; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.861871
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