Casalta, J.; Canchado, M.; Molins, A.; Redondo, M.; Tomàs, A.; Catalan, A. Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation p. 915109- DOI: 10.1117/12.2054734 Data de presentació: 2014-08-19 Presentació treball a congrés
JPCam is designed to perform the Javalambre-PAU Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS), a photometric survey of the northern sky with the new JST telescope being constructed in the Observatorio Astrofísico of Javalambre in Spain by CEFCA (Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón). SENER has been responsible for the design, manufacturing, verification and delivery of the JPCam Actuator System that will be installed between the Telescope and the cryogenic Camera Subsystem. The main function is to control the instrument position to guarantee the image quality required during observations in all field of view and compensate deformations produced by gravity and temperature changes. The paper summarizes the main aspects of the hexapod design and earliest information related of integration and performances tests results.
This document presents a methodology that (using tunable finite element models) allow validating during the development phase of the project, the behavior that equipment and mechanical systems will have once they are installed in microgravity. To achieve this purpose, a general methodology is developed initially. It can be applied to any space system or equipment necessary to know the behavior of any engineering parameter in case this parameter is affected by the particular space conditions. Later, the general methodology in applied over the VIF System. Thus, a concrete methodology for a mechanical system (VIF System) is developed in order to analyze a set of mechanical parameters that allow predicting on ground the mechanical behavior of this system once it is in microgravity. Once defined the mechanical parameters that are required to be analyzed and characterized form the VIF System (forces, moments, velocities, accelerations, etc), then the test phase started. In this phase, test equipment is developed and the VIF System is installed on. The VIF System is externally excited and it is acquired the VIF System behavior, for different levels of excitement, using the appropriate sensors (accelerometers, strain gauges, position sensors, etc). In this way, it is obtained the characterization of VIF System on ground. Once the VIF system has been already characterized on ground, a finite element model (FEM) of the VIF System is performed. This model is properly characterized to achieve the same behavior that the VIF System showed during previous tests. Finally, the FEM model is modified applying a zero gravity condition. This allows getting the VIF System behavior under these particular microgravity conditions.