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Deployable telescope having a thin-film mirror and metering structure

United States Patent

August 24, 2010
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A deployable thin-film mirror telescope comprises a base structure and a metering structure. The base structure houses a thin-film mirror, which can be rolled for stowage and unrolled for deployment. The metering structure is coupled to the base structure and can be folded for stowage and unfolded for deployment. In the deployed state, the unrolled thin-film mirror forms a primary minor for the telescope and the unfolded metering structure positions a secondary minor for the telescope.
Krumel; Leslie J. (Cedar Crest, NM), Martin; Jeffrey W. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
11/ 767,607
June 25, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.