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Developments in active optics for space instruments: an ESA perspective
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Paper Abstract

An increasing need for higher resolution for both Science and Earth Observation applications demands a bigger entrance aperture of future optical payloads, leading to large primary mirrors, either monolithic or deployable. Correcting issues linked to manufacturing, integration, launch and use of large light-weighted optics (and associated structures), Active Optics constitutes an enabling technology for future large space instruments. This paper presents the current status of technological developments at ESA in this very promising field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99121H (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232096
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Pascal Hallibert, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9912:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, Editor(s)

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