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Robotic architectures for the on-orbit assembly of large space telescopes

Nanjangud, Angadh, Blacker, Peter C., Young, Alex, Saaj, Chakravarthini M., Underwood, Craig I., Eckersley, Steve, Sweeting, Martin and Bianco, Paolo (2019) Robotic architectures for the on-orbit assembly of large space telescopes In: Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation (ASTRA 2019) symposium, 27-28 May 2019, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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Space telescopes are our ‘eyes in the sky’ that enable unprecedented astronomy missions and also permit Earth observation integral to science and national security. On account of the increased spatial resolution, spectral coverage, and signal-to-noise ratio, there is a constant clamour for larger aperture telescopes by the science and surveillance communities. This paper addresses a 25 m modular telescope operating in the visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum; such a telescope located at geostationary Earth orbit would permit 1 m spatial resolution of a location on Earth. Specifically, it discusses the requirements and architectural options for a robotic assembly system, called Robotic Agent for Space Telescope Assembly (RASTA). Aspects of a first-order design and initial laboratory test-bed developments are also presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Blacker, Peter
Young, Alex
Saaj, Chakravarthini
Underwood, Craig
Eckersley, Steve
Bianco, Paolo
Date : 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © the authors 2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Autonomous space robots; On-orbit assembly; Large aperture telescopes.
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 May 2019 09:55
Last Modified : 08 Nov 2019 09:36

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