A prototype Micro-Autonomous Positioning System for mirror deployment within multi-object instruments

W. D. Taylor, D. C. Atkinson, W. A. Cochrane, D. M. Montgomery, H. Schnetler, T. E C Baillie, S. Clausen

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Abstract

The complexity and size of instruments for next generation telescopes demands innovative approaches to existing problems. Within this framework, we present MAPS; a Micro Autonomous Positioning System for mirror deployment in an E-ELT instrument such as EAGLE. The micro-robots have a 25mmx25mm footprint and utilise RF communications and small rechargeable batteries to be completely wireless. Coarse positioning and fine alignment is achieved through the use of miniature gear motors and gearheads. Positional information is determined externally and corrective motions relayed to the robots. This paper reports on the challenges which such a system presents, current developments, and areas of expected future research. © 2010 SPIE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern Technologies in Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Volume7739
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventModern Technologies in Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes and Instrumentation - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 20102 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceModern Technologies in Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes and Instrumentation
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period27/06/102/07/10

Keywords

  • EAGLE
  • Multi-object spectrometres
  • Smart focal planes

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