14 July 2008 Constellation-X mirror technology development
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As NASA's next major space X-ray observatory, the Constellation-X mission (Bookbinder et al. 2008) requires mirror assemblies with unprecedented characteristics that cannot be provided by existing optical technologies. In the past several years, the project has supported a vigorous mirror technology development program. This program includes the fabrication of lightweight mirror segments by slumping commercially available thin glass sheets, the support and mounting of these thin mirror segments for accurate metrology, the mounting and attachment of these mirror segments for the purpose of X-ray tests, and development of methods for aligning and integrating these mirror segments into mirror assemblies. This paper describes our efforts and developments in these areas.
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W. W. Zhang, J. Bolognese, G. Byron, K. W. Chan, D. A. Content, T. J. Hadjimichael, Charles He, M. D. Hill, M. Hong, J. P. Lehan, L. Lozipone, J. M. Mazzarella, R. McClelland, D. T. Nguyen, L. Olsen, R. Petre, D. Robinson, S. O. Rohrbach, R. Russell, T. T. Saha, M. Sharpe, M. V. Gubarev, W. D. Jones, S. L. O'Dell, W. Davis, D. R. Caldwell, M. Freeman, W. Podgorski, P. B. Reid, "Constellation-X mirror technology development", Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 701103 (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788453; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788453
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