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Development of a systematic approach to space qualification of silicon carbide for mirror applications
Author(s): Iwona A. Palusinski; Isaac Ghozeil; Michael J. O'Brien; Jason M. Geis; David B. Witkin
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Paper Abstract

Over the last few years significant progress has been made in the development of silicon carbide (SiC) for mirror applications. These improvements include lightweighting techniques, higher production yields, and larger diameter apertures. It is now necessary to evaluate and address the systems engineering challenges facing this material to ensure space qualification and integration into future space applications. This paper highlights systems engineering challenges, suggests areas of future development, and proposes a systematic path forward that will outline necessary steps to space qualify this new material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6666, Optical Materials and Structures Technologies III, 666608 (15 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.741470
Show Author Affiliations
Iwona A. Palusinski, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Isaac Ghozeil, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Michael J. O'Brien, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Jason M. Geis, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David B. Witkin, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6666:
Optical Materials and Structures Technologies III
William A. Goodman; Joseph L. Robichaud, Editor(s)

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