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Ultralight Weight Optical Systems Using Nano-Layered Synthesized MaterialsOptical imaging is important for many NASA science missions. Even though complex optical systems have advanced, the optics, based on conventional glass and mirrors, require components that are thick, heavy and expensive. As the need for higher performance expands, glass and mirrors are fast approaching the point where they will be too large, heavy and costly for spacecraft, especially small satellite systems. NASA Langley Research Center is developing a wide range of novel nano-layered synthesized materials that enable the development and fabrication of ultralight weight optical device systems that enable many NASA missions to collect science data imagery using small satellites. In addition to significantly reducing weight, the nano-layered synthesized materials offer advantages in performance, size, and cost.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Clark, Natalie (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Breckinridge, James (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
March 27, 2015
Publication Date
August 2, 2014
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites(Logan, UT)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 579853.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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