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Dimensional stability of CFRP composites for space-based reflectors
Author(s): Abdel A. Abusafieh; Dan R. Federico; Steven J. Connell; Eri J. Cohen; Paul B. Willis
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Paper Abstract

In the light of the recent successes in utilizing CFRP composites for fabrication of ultra-lightweight, micron- accuracy reflectors for space telescopes, this paper provides a recent assessment of the main factors influencing dimensional stability of composites. Two recent examples of all-composites reflector designs that demonstrate the validity of the composites choice for this type of space applications are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4444, Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2001, (5 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.447300
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Abdel A. Abusafieh, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Dan R. Federico, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Steven J. Connell, Composite Optics Inc. (United States)
Eri J. Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul B. Willis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4444:
Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2001
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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