Pixelized Device Control
We are proposing a new technological solution to complex figure control architectures for Sun-Earth ultraviolet (UV) and extreme ultraviolet meter sized optical instruments and detectors. Retention of low mass distribution for large aperture optics means eliminating heavy complex wiring bus and controls for UV or EUV optics and detector instruments with large numbers of active adjustment or actuation mechanisms. Precise metering of charge in or out of array device elements accurately and with reduced mass and complexity is a further requirement. The proposed solution would enable both distributed control and distributed power distribution to a large array of contiguous devices to maintain figure accuracy through launch orbit. The new system introduces a high level of risk reduction in developing and assembling complex instruments and optics for future NASA small system (<4 meter) instrument and optical packages.
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