Active optics for space applications: An ESA perspective
Authors: Zuccaro Marchi A., Hallibert P., Pereira Do Carmo J., Wille E.
Autors Affiliation: ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk, NL-2200 AG, Netherlands; ATG Europe, Huygensstraat 34, Noordwijk, 2201 DK, Netherlands
Abstract: Active optics for Space is relatively new field that takes advantage of lessons learnt on ground, and together with the tighter constrains of space environment it allows operation of larger mirrors apertures for space telescopes and better image quality. Technical developments are crucial to guarantee proper technological readiness for applications on new missions whose performance can be driven also by these novelties. This paper describes the philosophy pursued at ESA, providing an overview of the activities run within the Agency, as well as perspectives for new developments. The Optics Section of the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management of ESA/ESTEC is currently running three projects. Two examples are here addressed.
KeyWords: Space applications, Active Optics; ESA; Space; Space environment; Technical development, Quality managementDOI: 10.1117/12.2057594