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28 July 2000 Ultralightweight optics for space applications
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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.
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James W. Mayo III, Linda L. DeHainaut, Kevin Dean Bell, W. Scott Smith, Don H. Killpatrick, and Richard W. Dyer "Ultralightweight optics for space applications", Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000);


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