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Evolving rocket optics applications drive manufacturing advances
Author(s): Brian Myer; Jamie Perdue; Kevin Bartlett; Jessica DeGroote Nelson
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Paper Abstract

Improvements to sensing hardware and image processing for airborne optical systems have inspired designers to propose new optics and windows which may be any of: more precise, conformal/freeform and multi-functional. Manufacture of these optics has required innovations in machining, polishing and metrology. The performance requirements and manufacturing methods demand more from conventional optical materials, while also driving development of new formulations with tailored optical and mechanical properties. We describe innovations in manufacturing and adaptations for optical materials selected for end-use performance, though some such materials may present unusual challenges related to their composition, how they are produced, and/or the design geometry. Our desire is to share some observations with the optical designer, who may be able to incorporate some tips into parts “designed for manufacture.”

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10448, Optifab 2017, 104480J (16 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279850
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Myer, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
Jamie Perdue, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
Kevin Bartlett, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10448:
Optifab 2017
Julie L. Bentley; Sebastian Stoebenau, Editor(s)

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