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

Craig Underwood, Sergio Pellegrino, Vaios Lappas, Christopher Bridges, Ben Taylor, Savan Chhaniyara, Theodoros Theodorou, Peter Shaw, Manan Arya, James Breckinridge, Kristina Hogstrom, Keith Patterson, John Steeves, Lee Wilson, Nadjim Horri

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2013
    Event27th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites - Utah State University, Logan, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201315 Aug 2013


    Conference27th AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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