Advanced Lightweight Mirrors for Space-Based Missions



With more rapid, affordable access to space and the availability of large-volume fairings, owners and users of current and future space-based optical systems are desiring large-aperture or segmented aperture primary mirrors for their missions. This in turn is driving demand for new approaches to produce the optical components and/or mirror segments more cost-efficiently and with faster manufacturing lead times than traditional optical components. Harris is executing a mirror R&D strategy called Advanced Mirror Construction (AMC). This presentation will explain the motivation and initial results for the replication of lightweight, ultra-stable mirrors and mirror segments.