CubeSat deformable mirror demonstration
Author(s)Cahoy, Kerri; Cheng, Kezi; Jamil, Sara; Marinan, Anne D.; Kerr, Caitlin E.
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The goal of the CubeSat Deformable Mirror Demonstration (DeMi) is to characterize the performance of a small deformable mirror over a year in low-Earth orbit. Small form factor deformable mirrors are a key technology needed to correct optical system aberrations in high contrast, high dynamic range space telescope applications such as space-based coronagraphic direct imaging of exoplanets. They can also improve distortions and reduce bit error rates for space-based laser communication systems. While follow-on missions can take advantage of this general 3U CubeSat platform to test the on-orbit performance of several different types of deformable mirrors, this first design accommodates a 32-actuator Boston Micromachines MEMS deformable mirror.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering
Cahoy, Kerri, Anne Marinan, Caitlin Kerr, Kezi Cheng, and Sara Jamil. “CubeSat deformable mirror demonstration.” In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84424F-84424F-11. SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012. © 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
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