22 July 2014 Status of E-ELT M5 scale-one demonstrator
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The fifth mirror of the European Extremely Large Telescope optical train is a field stabilization tip/tilt unit responsible for correcting the dynamical tip and tilt caused mainly by wind load on the telescope. A scale-one prototype including the inclined support, the fixed frame and a basic control system was designed and manufactured by NTE-SENER (Spain) and CSEM (Switzerland) as part of the prototyping and design activities. All interfaces to the mirror have been reproduced on a dummy structure reproducing the inertial characteristics of the optical element. The M5 unit is required to have sufficient bandwidth for tip/tilt reference commands coming from the wavefront control system. Such a bandwidth can be achieved using local active damping loop to damp the low frequency mechanical modes before closing a position loop. Prototyping on the M5 unit has been undertaken in order to demonstrate the E-ELT control system architecture, concepts and development standards and to further study active damping strategies. The control system consists of two nested loops: a local damping loop and a position loop. The development of this control system was undertaken following the E-ELT control system development standards in order to determine their applicability and performance and includes hardware selection, communication, synchronization, configuration, and data logging. In this paper we present the current status of the prototype M5 control system and the latest results on the active damping control strategy, in particular the promising results obtained with the method of positive position feedback.
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Pablo Barriga, Pablo Barriga, Babak Sedghi, Babak Sedghi, Martin Dimmler, Martin Dimmler, Nick Kornweibel, Nick Kornweibel, "Status of E-ELT M5 scale-one demonstrator", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91451O (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056821; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056821


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