Modular Space Telescope Could Be Assembled By Robot


Illustration shows how a robot could assemble the trusses that would support a massive telescope mirror. Credit: Sergio Pellegrino/Caltech

Professor Sergio Pellegrino and colleagues including Professor Joel Burdick, are proposing a space observatory with a 100 meters diameter primary mirror. Their design calls for the use of more than 300 deployable truss modules that could be unfolded to form a scaffolding upon which a commensurate number of small mirror plates could be placed to create a large segmented mirror. In this concept, a spider-like, six-armed "hexbot" would assemble the trusswork and then crawl across the structure to build the mirror atop it. [Caltech story]


Professor Sergio Pellegrino


Professor Joel Burdick

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