Special Section on a Future Large-Aperture Ultraviolet/Optical/Infrared Space Observatory

Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope

[+] Author Affiliations
Nicolas Lee, Sergio Pellegrino, Kristina Hogstrom

California Institute of Technology, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91125, United States

Paul Backes, Christine Fuller, Brett Kennedy, Junggon Kim, Rudranarayan Mukherjee, Carl Seubert, Yen-Hung Wu

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109, United States

Joel Burdick

California Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91125, United States

J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 041207 (Jul 11, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207
History: Received November 14, 2015; Accepted June 6, 2016
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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.

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Nicolas Lee ; Paul Backes ; Joel Burdick ; Sergio Pellegrino ; Christine Fuller, et al.
"Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope", J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 041207 (Jul 11, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207


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