High precision automated alignment procedure for two-mirror telescopes
Hampson KM., Gooding D., Cole R., Booth MJ.
© 2019 Optical Society of America. A significant challenge in the production of Earth observation satellites is the precise alignment of the telescope optical components. We have developed a strategy to perform automated alignment of two-mirror telescopes for use in a realistic factory-based setting. A Ritchey–Chrétien telescope was used as an example. The secondary mirror was mounted on a high precision hexapod and its misalignment inferred from the Zernike coefficients for tilt, defocus, and coma, as measured by a phase-shifting interferometer. The required corrections to the position of the secondary mirror were implemented using an integral controller and alignment was achieved within minutes, compared to within days when using a manual alignment process. The Zernike coefficient for each aberration was reduced to within one standard deviation of the fluctuations due to residual instability (48 nm).