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Meter class carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) telescope program at the Naval Research Laboratory
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been exploring the use of meter class telescopes using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) material for support structure and optics, resulting in over an order of magnitude reduction in weight over traditional steel and glass telescopes. In conjunction with Composite Mirror Applications (CMA), for the past three years this program has proceeded from conceptual phase to prototype development. In this paper we will review the various stages of this program. We will also present the status of our 0.4 meter and 1.4 meter telescopes. Experimental results from these developments and testing will be shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70183C (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789549
Show Author Affiliations
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Ty Martinez, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan R. Andrews, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher C. Wilcox, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Freddie Santiago, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
S. Teare, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Robert Romeo, Composite Mirror Applications, Inc. (United States)
Robert Martin, Composite Mirror Applications, Inc. (United States)
D. Wick, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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