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Ball Aerospace Reaches Milestone on New Super Sized Telescope

DARPA’s MOIRE telescope deployed in Earth orbit. (Credit: DARPA)

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 6, 2013 (Ball Aerospace PR) — Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has demonstrated unprecedented telescope technologies using ultra-lightweight polymer membrane optics.

Ball is incrementally demonstrating technology needed to deploy a large, 20-meter-diameter, lightweight space-based telescope in geosynchronous orbit as part of the Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation (MOIRE) program, led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Most recently, Ball completed construction and testing of one-eighth of a 5-meter-diameter annular segmented telescope to verify functionality of the MOIRE design.


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