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11 July 2016 Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope
Nicolas N. Lee, Joel W. Burdick, Paul Backes, Sergio Pellegrino, Kristina Hogstrom, Christine Fuller, Brett Kennedy, Junggon Kim, Rudranarayan Mukherjee, Carl Seubert, Yen-Hung Wu
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Abstract
An architecture and conceptual design for a robotically assembled, modular space telescope (RAMST) that enables extremely large space telescopes to be conceived is presented. The distinguishing features of the RAMST architecture compared with prior concepts include the use of a modular deployable structure, a general-purpose robot, and advanced metrology, with the option of formation flying. To demonstrate the feasibility of the robotic assembly concept, we present a reference design using the RAMST architecture for a formation flying 100-m telescope that is assembled in Earth orbit and operated at the Sun–Earth Lagrange Point 2.
© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) 2329-4124/2016/$25.00 © 2016 SPIE
Nicolas N. Lee, Joel W. Burdick, Paul Backes, Sergio Pellegrino, Kristina Hogstrom, Christine Fuller, Brett Kennedy, Junggon Kim, Rudranarayan Mukherjee, Carl Seubert, and Yen-Hung Wu "Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(4), 041207 (11 July 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207
Published: 11 July 2016
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KEYWORDS
Mirrors

Space telescopes

Telescopes

Metrology

Robotics

Space operations

Optical instrument design

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