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Advanced mirror construction: ULE replication
Author(s): James T. Mooney; Steven Desmitt; James Bolton; Stephen Oliver
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Paper Abstract

With more rapid, affordable access to space and the emerging availability of large-volume fairings, owners and users of current and future space-based optical systems are desiring large-aperture or segmented-aperture primary mirrors for their missions. This demand is driving the need for new approaches to optical component fabrication to produce mirrors and mirror segments that are more cost-efficient with faster manufacturing lead times than traditional optical components. Harris Corporation is executing a mirror development strategy called Advanced Mirror Construction (AMC) to meet this need while still meeting the challenging requirements of space-based optics. A key component of this strategy is the utilization of replication to produce precision lightweight mirror components. We present the motivation and initial results for lightweight replicated, ultra-stable mirrors and mirror segments as well as other key elements of the AMC strategy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 1070608 (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314306
Show Author Affiliations
James T. Mooney, Harris Corp. (United States)
Steven Desmitt, Harris Corp. (United States)
James Bolton, Harris Corp. (United States)
Stephen Oliver, Harris Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10706:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
Ramón Navarro; Roland Geyl, Editor(s)

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