15 October 2012 Alignment solutions for the optical development system lab for the ATLAS instrument
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The ATLAS Instrument for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center requires a test-bed to prove out new concepts before the mission launches in 2016. The Optical Development System (ODS) laboratory was created to use breadboard, prototype, and engineering-model levels of hardware and software to model and evaluate the ATLAS alignment system. A one meter parabolic mirror was used to create a collimated light beam to align prototype and engineering model transmitter and receiver optics and test closed-loop alignment algorithms. To achieve an error of less than two micro-radians, an active deformable mirror was used to correct the wave front to subtract out the collimator mount error.
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Tyler Evans, Tyler Evans, John Lehan, John Lehan, Hector Chavez, Hector Chavez, } "Alignment solutions for the optical development system lab for the ATLAS instrument", Proc. SPIE 8491, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI, 849109 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930306; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.930306

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