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Deployable Particle Collector for Space Particle Instruments

Abstract: 

A collapsible particle collector for collecting particles and directing them to an aperture of a particle detector. One embodiment of the invention uses an electrostatic mirror, having a reflective grid and at least one reference grid, which may be collapsed or opened, in an umbrella type manner, using a radial rib type mechanism.

Patent Number: 
6,683,311
Date Of Issue: 
01/27/2004
Inventors: 

Martin Peter Wüest