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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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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 :
Pellegrino, Sergio
Lappas, Vaios
Chhaniyara, Savan
Theodorou, Theodoros
Shaw, Peter
Arya, Manan
Breckinridge, James
Hogstrom, Kristina
Patterson, Keith D.
Steeves, John
Wilson, Lee
Horri, Nadjim
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 : 11 Dec 2018 11:23

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