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Ultralightweight optics for space applications
Author(s): James W. Mayo III; Linda L. DeHainaut; Kevin Dean Bell; W. Scott Smith; Don H. Killpatrick; Richard W. Dyer
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Paper Abstract

Lightweight, deployable space optics has been identified as a key technology for future cost-effective, space-based systems. The United States Department of Defense has partnered with the National Aeronautical Space Administration to implement a space mirror technology development activity known as the Advanced Mirror System Demonstrator (AMSD). The AMSD objectives are to advance technology in the production of low-mass primary mirror systems, reduce mirror system cost and shorten mirror- manufacturing time. The AMSD program will offer substantial weight, cost and production rate improvements over Hubble Space Telescope mirror technology. A brief history of optical component development and a review of optical component state-of-the-art technology will be given, and the AMSD program will be reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394006
Show Author Affiliations
James W. Mayo III, Logicon Inc. (United States)
Linda L. DeHainaut, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Kevin Dean Bell, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
W. Scott Smith, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Don H. Killpatrick, Logicon Inc. (United States)
Richard W. Dyer, Schafer Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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