Manufacture of a 2-m mirror with glass membrane facesheet and active rigid support

J. Burge, B. Cuerden, S. Miller, B. Crawford, H. Dorth, D. Sandler, R. Wortley

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A 2-m diameter mirror is being manufactured as a demonstrations for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST). This mirror meets the challenging requirements of cryogenic operation and very low mass using an active control system. The mirror system consists of an aluminized glass membrane, 2 mm thick. This membrane is supported and controlled based on wavefront measurements with 169 remotely driven actuators. The system rigidity is provided by a lightweight carbon fiber composite structure. This entire mirror system, 2 meters across weighs less than 40 kg, and will demonstrate 20 nm surface quality in a cryogenic test facility at 35 K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 'Optical Manufacturing and Testing III' - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Jul 20 1999Jul 23 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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