Dr. Ronald S. Polidan
Chief Scientist at Polidan Science Systems & Technologies LLC
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Space Telescopes , Space Missions , Technology Development
Profile Summary

Dr. Ronald S. Polidan is an astrophysicist with an extensive background in technology development and space missions. His career spans over 35 years and includes in positions within academia (12 years), at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (14 years), and at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (12 years). Since 1998 his work has been mostly in technology and space mission concept development. His past positions include serving as the Chief Technologist for GSFC and the Chief Architect for Civil Systems at Northrop Grumman. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2016 and now runs a small science and technology consulting company based in Oregon.
Publications (26)

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11116, Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems II
KEYWORDS: Packaging, Mirrors, Visible radiation, Ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, Reflectivity, Space mirrors, Vacuum deposition, Atmospheric particles, Oxidation

Proceedings Article | 24 July 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Robotics, Interferometry, Space telescopes, Large telescopes, Optical instrument design, Space observatories, Astrophysics

Proceedings Article | 5 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Astronomy, Space telescopes, Astrophysics

Proceedings Article | 5 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Satellites, Space telescopes, Space operations, Space observatories

Proceedings Article | 5 September 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Segmented mirrors, Polarization, Image segmentation, Image resolution, Exoplanets, Space telescopes, Large telescopes, Space observatories

Showing 5 of 26 publications
Conference Committee Involvement (9)
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
14 June 2020 | Yokohama, Japan
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX
11 August 2019 | San Diego, California, United States
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
10 June 2018 | Austin, Texas, United States
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
6 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave Posters
26 June 2016 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Showing 5 of 9 published special sections
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