7 August 2014 Payload characterization for CubeSat demonstration of MEMS deformable mirrors
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Coronagraphic space telescopes require wavefront control systems for high-contrast imaging applications such as exoplanet direct imaging. High-actuator-count MEMS deformable mirrors (DM) are a key element of these wavefront control systems yet have not been flown in space long enough to characterize their on-orbit performance. The MEMS Deformable Mirror CubeSat Testbed is a conceptual nanosatellite demonstration of MEMS DM and wavefront sensing technology. The testbed platform is a 3U CubeSat bus. Of the 10 x 10 x 34.05 cm (3U) available volume, a 10 x 10 x 15 cm space is reserved for the optical payload. The main purpose of the payload is to characterize and calibrate the onorbit performance of a MEMS deformable mirror over an extended period of time (months). Its design incorporates both a Shack Hartmann wavefront sensor (internal laser illumination), and a focal plane sensor (used with an external aperture to image bright stars). We baseline a 32-actuator Boston Micromachines Mini deformable mirror for this mission, though the design is flexible and can be applied to mirrors from other vendors. We present the mission design and payload architecture and discuss experiment design, requirements, and performance simulations.
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Anne Marinan, Anne Marinan, Kerri Cahoy, Kerri Cahoy, Matthew Webber, Matthew Webber, Ruslan Belikov, Ruslan Belikov, Eduardo Bendek, Eduardo Bendek, } "Payload characterization for CubeSat demonstration of MEMS deformable mirrors", Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91483Z (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055682; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055682
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