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Design progression of an all-composite primary mirror for the FIRST Telescope
Author(s): Steven J. Connell; Kelly J. Dodson; Zvi Friedman; Brian Cantanzaro; Shaun A. Whitmore; Eri J. Cohen
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Paper Abstract

Composite materials are an ideal choice for the FIRST Telescope, since they provide dimensional stability, excellent stiffness to weight ratios, near zero thermal expansion, and manufacturing flexibility. The most challenging aspect of producing an all-composite FIRST telescope, is the development of the lightweight primary mirror. The design of the primary mirror must satisfy requirements for surface accuracy to operating temperatures of 80 +/- K as well as stiffness and strength considerations during launch.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394045
Show Author Affiliations
Steven J. Connell, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Kelly J. Dodson, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Zvi Friedman, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Brian Cantanzaro, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Shaun A. Whitmore, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Eri J. Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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