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Issues to be addressed in the design and fabrication of ultralightweight meter-class optics
Author(s): Gary C. Krumweide
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Paper Abstract

There is a growing need for large aperture, ultralightweight, deployable optics for various science, military and commercial compact satellites. This paper will examine the engineering and manufacturing considerations that must be addressed in order to satisfy the requirements for these sought after optics. In order to limit the scope of this paper, only Graphite Fiber Reinforced/Polymer Matrix Composites (GFR/PMC) will be under consideration because of the potential to satisfy ultralightweight mirror requirements. The requirements associated with specular mirror concepts that Composite Optics, Incorporated (COI) has proposed to Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Langley Research Center for visible range optics and LIDAR optics, respectively, will also be our interest. Moreover, it is the intent of this paper to illustrate how COI's proposed design/manufacturing concepts for visible and LIDAR optics have evolved based on overcoming, or working around, material constraints and/or undesirable characteristics associated with GFR/PMC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324460
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Gary C. Krumweide, Composite Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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