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Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST) – A CubeSat/Microsatellite Based Technology Demonstrator

Underwood, Craig, Pellegrino, Sergio, Lappas, Vaios, Bridges, Christopher, Taylor, Benjamin, Chhaniyara, Savan, Theodorou, Theodoros, Shaw, Peter, Arya, Manan, Breckinridge, James , Hogstrom, Kristina, Patterson, Keith D., Steeves, John, Wilson, Lee and Horri, Nadjim (2013) Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST) – A CubeSat/Microsatellite Based Technology Demonstrator In: 27th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites (SmallSat 2013), 10-15 Aug 2013, Logan, Utah, USA.

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Abstract

Future space telescopes with diameter over 20 m will require in-space assembly. High-precision formation flying has very high cost and may not be able to maintain stable alignment over long periods of time. We believe autonomous assembly is a key enabler for a lower cost approach to large space telescopes. To gain experience, and to provide risk reduction, we propose a demonstration mission to demonstrate all key aspects of autonomous assembly and reconfiguration of a space telescope based on multiple mirror elements. The mission will involve two 3U CubeSat-like nanosatellites (“MirrorSats”) each carrying an electrically actuated adaptive mirror, and each capable of autonomous un-docking and re-docking with a small central “9U” class nanosatellite core, which houses two fixed mirrors and a boom-deployed focal plane assembly. All three spacecraft will be launched as a single ~40kg microsatellite package.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Underwood, CraigC.Underwood@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Pellegrino, SergioUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lappas, VaiosUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bridges, ChristopherC.P.Bridges@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Taylor, BenjaminB.Taylor@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Chhaniyara, SavanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Theodorou, TheodorosUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Shaw, PeterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arya, MananUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Breckinridge, JamesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hogstrom, KristinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Patterson, Keith D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Steeves, JohnUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wilson, LeeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Horri, NadjimUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 August 2013
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013 The authors.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 28 Sep 2017 10:06
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 19:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842419

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