SALTUS Probe Class Space Mission: Enabled by 20-m Inflatable Mirror

Daewook Kim, Jonathan W. Arenberg, Yuzuru Takashima, Art Palisoc, Christopher Walker

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SALTUS (Single Aperture Large Telescope for Universe Studies) is a mid/far-infrared telescope concept utilizing a 20-m scale inflatable mirror antenna. The light-weight mirror utilizes a membrane architecture that has been developed and characterized specifically for space-based applications. The telescope's end-to-end optical design and optimization process unleashes the unprecedented photon collecting power of a large space aperture. A series of inflatable mirror prototypes have been designed, manufactured, and tested. These tests confirmed the optical performance of the apertures under space-like conditions. This paradigm changing approach will allow the realization of a new generation of space telescopes far larger than can be achieved utilizing conventional technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCLEO
Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Technology, A and T 2022
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
ISBN (Electronic)9781957171050
StatePublished - 2022
EventCLEO: Applications and Technology, A and T 2022 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 15 2022May 20 2022

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


ConferenceCLEO: Applications and Technology, A and T 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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