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  • Space and Stable structures

    Carbon-Carbon Optics

    Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) Fillet
    • SDC developed a composite mirror technology that couples carbon-carbon backing structures to a glass coating
    • Utilizes high end optical fabrication methods such as diamond cup generation, diamond turning and magneto rheological finishing (MRF) to produce the final figured surface
    • Carbon-carbon mirror technology proven to be a viable replacement for beryllium
      • Equivalent stiffness
      • Lower weight
      • Lower cost
      • Low CTE
    San Diego Composites
    LAS Fillet at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF)
    Diamond Turning Mirror Polishing
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Tertiary Mirror
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Primary/Secondary Mirrors
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Quaternary Mirror