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Constellation-X mirror technology development
Author(s): W. W. Zhang; J. Bolognese; G. Byron; K. W. Chan; D. A. Content; T. J. Hadjimichael; Charles He; M. D. Hill; M. Hong; J. P. Lehan; L. Lozipone; J. M. Mazzarella; R. McClelland; D. T. Nguyen; L. Olsen; R. Petre; D. Robinson; S. O. Rohrbach; R. Russell; T. T. Saha; M. Sharpe; M. V. Gubarev; W. D. Jones; S. L. O'Dell; W. Davis; D. R. Caldwell; M. Freeman; W. Podgorski; P. B. Reid
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Paper Abstract

As NASA's next major space X-ray observatory, the Constellation-X mission (Bookbinder et al. 2008) requires mirror assemblies with unprecedented characteristics that cannot be provided by existing optical technologies. In the past several years, the project has supported a vigorous mirror technology development program. This program includes the fabrication of lightweight mirror segments by slumping commercially available thin glass sheets, the support and mounting of these thin mirror segments for accurate metrology, the mounting and attachment of these mirror segments for the purpose of X-ray tests, and development of methods for aligning and integrating these mirror segments into mirror assemblies. This paper describes our efforts and developments in these areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 701103 (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788453
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W. W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Bolognese, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Byron, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
K. W. Chan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
D. A. Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
T. J. Hadjimichael, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Charles He, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
M. D. Hill, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Hong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. P. Lehan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
L. Lozipone, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. M. Mazzarella, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
R. McClelland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
D. T. Nguyen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
L. Olsen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
R. Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. Robinson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. O. Rohrbach, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Russell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
T. T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Sharpe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
M. V. Gubarev, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. D. Jones, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Davis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
D. R. Caldwell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
M. Freeman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
W. Podgorski, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
P. B. Reid, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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