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Volume 4, issue 2
Mech. Sci., 4, 381–390, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-4-381-2013
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Special issue: Advances in compliant mechanisms: theories, tools and...

Mech. Sci., 4, 381–390, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-4-381-2013
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 02 Dec 2013

Research article | 02 Dec 2013

Monolithic 2 DOF fully compliant space pointing mechanism

E. G. Merriam1, J. E. Jones2, S. P. Magleby1, and L. L. Howell1 E. G. Merriam et al.
  • 1Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
  • 2Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, AL 35812, USA

Abstract. This paper describes the conception, modeling, and development of a fully compliant two-degree-of-freedom pointing mechanism for application in spacecraft thruster, antenna, or solar array systems. The design objectives and the advantages of a compliant solution are briefly discussed. Detailed design decisions to meet project objectives are described. Analytical and numerical models are developed and subsequently verified by prototype testing and measurements in several iterations. A final design of the 3-D printed titanium monolithic pointing mechanism is described in detail and its performance is measured.

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