Three mirror anastigmats (TMA) are telescopic optical systems with only plane symmetry, that allow for good image quality without any central obscuration. The complexities of manufacturing and alignment can be reduced by fabricating the first mirror and the third mirror in one piece and defining a common axis of all the mirrors. It is attractive to use off-axis used aspheres and to come to an acceptable performance with the smallest number of freeform surfaces. In this paper, different types of freeform surfaces are considered to evaluate their potential. In the performed case study, the correction of spherical aberration and coma is best corrected in the pupil with the second mirror and to select the Zernike representation with remaining x-symmetry is one of the best ways to do this. The use of the Chebyshev polynomials also gives good results. Furthermore it is found, that the first mirror and the third mirror are quite beneficial to be modelled as off-axis aspheres of the Q-type. The result shows that a combination of two Q-aspheres with a Zernike surface at the second mirror is one of the most favorable combinations.
Modern telescopes for space applications use complex optical elements like aspheres or freeforms. For the multispectral
pushbroom scanner for spaceborne Earth remote sensing the Jena-Optonik GmbH has developed a Jena-Spaceborne-
Scanner JSS product line. The optic of JSS-56 imager is realised by a Three-Mirror-Anastigmat (TMA) telescope
designed in aluminium . For brilliant pictures, mirrors with high shape accuracy and very smooth surfaces are
required. The combination of precise diamond turning and post polishing techniques enables the classical infrared
application for the visible and ultra-violet range. A wide variety of complex mirror shapes are feasible. A special new
solution for lightweight design was applied. Ultra precise metal mirrors with aspherical surface are developed at the
Fraunhofer IOF from design to system integration.
This paper summarizes technologies and results for design, fabrication and surface finish of ultra lightweight aspherical
metal mirrors for novel TMA telescopes.
For the increasing market of low-cost multispectral pushbroom scanners for spaceborne Earth remote sensing the Jena-Optronik GmbH have developed the JSS product line. They are typically operated on micro-satellites with strong resources constraints. This leads to instrument designs optimised with respect to minimum size and mass, power consumption, and cost. From various customer requirements, Jena-Optronik has derived the JSS product line of low-cost optical spaceborne scanners in the visible wavelength range.
Three-mirror anastigmat (TMA) telescope designs have become a widespread design solution for fields of view from 2 to 12 deg. The design solution chosen by Jena-Optronik is based on all-aluminium telescopes. Novel ultra-precision milling and polishing techniques now give the opportunity to achieve the necessary optical surface quality for applications in the visible range. The TMA telescope optics design of the JSS-56 imager will be accommodated onboard the RapidEye spacecraft.
The JSS-56 TMA with a F-number of 4.3 realised a swath width of 78km with a Ground pixel resolution of 6.5m × 6.5m. The aluminium mirrors are Ni coated to achieve a suitable surface polish quality. This paper discusses typical requirements for the thermal design the bimetallic effects of the mirrors.
To achieve a nearly diffracted limited imaging the typical surface irregularities due to the turning process have to be addressed in the ray tracing models. Analysis and integration of real mirror data in the ZEMAX design software are demonstrated here and compared with build-in standard tolerance concepts.