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Brassboard Astrometric Beam Combiner (ABC) development for the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM)

Show simple item record Jeganathan, Muthu Kuan, Gary Rud, Mike Lin, Sean Sutherland, Kristen Moore, James An, Xin 2014-12-10T00:41:27Z 2014-12-10T00:41:27Z 2008-06-23
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Conference on Astronomical Instrumentation, Marseille, France, June 23 - 28, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 08-1919
dc.description.abstract The Astrometric Beam Combiner (ABC) is a critical element of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) that performs three key functions: coherently combine starlight from two siderostats; individually detect starlight for angle tracking; and disperse and detect the interferometric fringes. In addition, the ABC contains: a stimulus, cornercubes and shutters for in-orbit calibration; several tip/tilt mirror mechanisms for in-orbit alignment; and internal metrology beam launcher for pathlength monitoring. The detailed design of the brassboard ABC (which has the form, fit and function of the flight unit) is complete, procurement of long-lead items is underway, and assembly and testing is expected to be completed in Spring 2009. In this paper, we present the key requirements for the ABC, details of the completed optical and mechanical design as well as plans for assembly and alignment. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008 en_US
dc.subject PlanetQuest en_US
dc.title Brassboard Astrometric Beam Combiner (ABC) development for the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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