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Space qualification of silicon carbide for mirror applications: progress and future objectives
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Paper Abstract

Production of optical silicon carbide (SiC) for mirror applications continues to evolve and there are renewed plans to use this material in future space-based systems. While SiC has the potential for rapid and cost-effective manufacturing of large, lightweight, athermal optical systems, this material's use in mirror applications is relatively new and has limited flight heritage. This combination of drivers stresses the necessity for a space qualification program for this material. Successful space qualification will require independent collaboration to absorb the high cost of executing this program while taking advantage of each contributing group's laboratory expertise to develop a comprehensive SiC database. This paper provides an overview of the trends and progress in the production of SiC, and identifies future objectives such as non-destructive evaluation and space-effects modeling to ensure proper implementation of this material into future space-based systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6289, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX, 628903 (5 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.684040
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Iwona A. Palusinski, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Isaac Ghozeil, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6289:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX
José M. Sasian; Mary G. Turner, Editor(s)

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