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The Development of Unique Focal Planes for High-Resolution Suborbital and Ground-Based Exploration

Abstract The development of new Ultra-Violet/Visible/IR range (UV/Vis/IR) astronomical instrumentation that use novel approaches for imaging and increase the accessibility of observing time for more research groups is essential for rapid innovation within the community. Unique focal planes that are rapid-prototyped, low cost, and provide high resolution are key.

In this dissertation the emergent designs of three unique focal planes are discussed. These focal planes were each designed for a different astronomical platform: suborbital balloon, suborbital rocket, and ground-based observatory. The balloon-based payload is a hexapod-actuated focal plane that uses tip-tilt motion to increase angular resolution through the removal of jitter – known as th... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Miller, Alexander Duke (Author) / Scowen, Paul (Advisor) / Groppi, Christopher (Committee member) / Mauskopf, Philip (Committee member) / Jacobs, Daniel (Committee member) / Butler, Nathaniel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Astronomy / Engineering / focal plane / hexapod / High resolution / observatory / sounding rocket / suborbital balloon
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 218 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Exploration Systems Design 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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