Using Cubesat/micro-satellite Technology to Demonstrate the Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (aarest)

  title={Using Cubesat/micro-satellite Technology to Demonstrate the Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (aarest)},
  author={Craig Underwood and Sergio Pellegrino and Vaios J. Lappas and Christopher P. Bridges and John Baker},
Future space telescopes with diameter over 20 m will require new approaches: either high-precision formation flying or in-orbit assembly. We believe the latter holds promise at a potentially lower cost and more practical solution in the near term, provided much of the assembly can be carried out autonomously. To gain experience, and to provide risk reduction, we propose a combined mico/nano-satellite demonstration mission that will focus on the required optical technology (adaptive mirrors… CONTINUE READING
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