Freeform monolithic multi-surface telescope manufacturing
Creating a monolithic telescope in which all optical surfaces are off-axis and manufactured from a single optical blank piece of material required advances using freeform optics fabrication processes and techniques.
This is a unique challenge in the surface specification and fabrication requirements, to reduce the amount of alignment time and also to remove potential alignment errors and use.
Created a monolithic piece where all of the surfaces were aligned in process. This provides improvements in stability and payload.
The freeform monolithic multi-surface telescope design has all its off-axis optical surfaces manufactured from a single optical blank, resulting in truly monolithic telescope design, providing improvements in stability and payload.
Monolithic multi-surface telescopes combined with freeform optical surfaces provide improvements in optical performance in a smaller footprint as compared to systems with spherical surfaces, while providing superior mechanical stability to …