28 August 1998 Inflation-deployed camera and hyper-thin mirrors
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Inflatable optics have the potential for large reduction in launch mass and volume, but they involve significant challenges to achieve the wavefront accuracy required for diffraction-limited operation in the visible and near IR. Current studies identify two major subsets of this topic: 1) inflation-deployed structures with a monolithic, but rolled, hyper-thin primary mirror and 2) an inflatable structure and inflatable membrane primary mirror. We address the current state of the art, the challenges involved, and a program development plan.
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James B. Breckinridge, James B. Breckinridge, Aden B. Meinel, Aden B. Meinel, Marjorie P. Meinel, Marjorie P. Meinel, } "Inflation-deployed camera and hyper-thin mirrors", Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324496; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.324496


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