23 July 2008 Meter class carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) telescope program at the Naval Research Laboratory
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been exploring the use of meter class telescopes using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) material for support structure and optics, resulting in over an order of magnitude reduction in weight over traditional steel and glass telescopes. In conjunction with Composite Mirror Applications (CMA), for the past three years this program has proceeded from conceptual phase to prototype development. In this paper we will review the various stages of this program. We will also present the status of our 0.4 meter and 1.4 meter telescopes. Experimental results from these developments and testing will be shown.
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Sergio R. Restaino, Sergio R. Restaino, Ty Martinez, Ty Martinez, Jonathan R. Andrews, Jonathan R. Andrews, Christopher C. Wilcox, Christopher C. Wilcox, Freddie Santiago, Freddie Santiago, S. Teare, S. Teare, Robert Romeo, Robert Romeo, Robert Martin, Robert Martin, D. Wick, D. Wick, } "Meter class carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) telescope program at the Naval Research Laboratory", Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70183C (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789549; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789549
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