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New Opportunities From Materials Selection Trade-Offs For High Precision Space Mirrors
Author(s): Charles J. Pellerin; Francois Ayer; Yogesh Mehrotra; Alan K. Hopkins
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Paper Abstract

The successful development of space-based infrared surveillance systems and space-based lasers is predicated primarily upon the availability of large, high precision optics. Current technology and existing facilities are insufficient to produce, in a timely manner, either the quality or the quantity of high performance mirrors required for envisioned systems. In addition, the performance requirements associated with space based, diffraction limited optical systems demand ever increasing figure quality. In response to this challenge, the government has sponsored the Rapid Optics Fabrication Technology (ROFT) Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1985
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0542, Optical Fabrication & Testing Workshop, (22 October 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.948147
Show Author Affiliations
Charles J. Pellerin, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (United States)
Francois Ayer, C. S. Draper Laboratory and Aerospace Corporation (United States)
Yogesh Mehrotra, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
Alan K. Hopkins, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0542:
Optical Fabrication & Testing Workshop
Robin S. McDowell, Editor(s)

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