7 September 2010 Stable platforms: With all this horse manure there must be a pony around somewhere!
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Stable platforms are not necessarily the same as stable lines of sight nor do stable platforms necessarily provide stable boresight alignment among instruments. Success in stabilizing lines of sight requires the unified treatment of the disparate arts of structures and optics. Segregating these arts can lead to insoluble problems in the subsequent hardware. Unified methods are available but need to be applied early in the conceptualization in order to properly allocate the resources (mass, size, stiffness, resonances, apertures, optical paths, motors, encoders, gyroscopes etc.) among the disciplines, all of which compete for a limited supply.
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Alson E. Hatheway, "Stable platforms: With all this horse manure there must be a pony around somewhere!", Proc. SPIE 7796, An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II, 77960J (7 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864344; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.864344
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