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24 July 2014 Qualification of silicon pore optics
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Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) are the enabling technology for ESA’s second large class mission in the Cosmic Vision programme. As for every space hardware, a critical qualification process is required to verify the suitability of the SPO mirror modules surviving the launch loads and maintaining their performance in the space environment. We present recent design modifications to further strengthen the mounting system (brackets and dowel pins) against mechanical loads. The progress of a formal qualification test campaign with the new mirror module design is shown. We discuss mechanical and thermal limitations of the SPO technology and provide recommendations for the mission design of the next X-ray Space Observatory.
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Eric Wille, Marcos Bavdaz, Sebastiaan Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Marcelo Ackermann, Ramses Guenther, Abdelhakim Chatbi, Giuseppe Vacanti, Mark Vervest, Coen van Baren, Jeroen Haneveld, Mark Olde Riekerink, Arenda Koelewijn, Dirk Kampf, Karl-Heinz Zuknik, and Arnd Reutlinger "Qualification of silicon pore optics", Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91442H (24 July 2014);


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