Successful Optical Deployments in Space

Resolve Optics reports on its active participation in designing and supplying robust optical systems for various space projects over the last few years.

In the space community it is common for scientists to use various optical imaging and sensing systems to observe and measure the Earth and the universe. Designing optical systems for satellites and spacecraft, however, is challenging since the components and systems must face the harsh conditions of space.

Successful Optical Deployments in Space

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Mark Pontin, Managing Director of Resolve Optics Ltd., commented, “Designing high performance optical systems for confidential space projects is something that we have done for over 20 years. Lenses that are used in space applications have to meet certain basic requirements to survive the harsh environment of space. Lenses must be constructed of specific materials that will not outgas when exposed to the vacuum of space. All significant air spaces should be vented to avoid pressure on the elements and distortion of the lens. All materials right down to glues and greases must be approved and tested for outgasing”.

The orbit that our optical systems will be operating in determines how much radiation they will be required to withstand. All optical elements within Resolve Optics radiation tolerant lens designs are made using cerium oxide doped glass or synthetic silica enabling them to withstand radiation doses of up to 100,000,000 rad and temperatures up to 55°C without discoloration or degradation of performance. These non browning lenses provide high image resolution and minimum geometric distortion from 400 to 750nm.

Mark Pontin, Managing Director of Resolve Optics Ltd.

Resolve Optics provides optical systems for surveillance, where the optical system monitors the outside of the spacecraft, looking for any signs of damage caused by space debris or micro-meteorites, and inspection, where the optical system has to view a specific area to aid operation.

Resolve's products are part of a vision system used to guide and dock payload craft visiting platforms such as the International Space Station. They are also used in remote satellite sensing, where their powerful, high-resolution lenses enable the Earth to be viewed from space, providing valuable data on weather patterns and the impact of climate change.

For further information, please contact Resolve Optics Ltd. at +44-1494-777100 or [email protected].

Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) is an internationally respected developer and supplier of application-optimized lenses and optical designs for various high technology businesses. Resolve supplies custom lenses and optical systems to customers in multiple markets but is internationally renowned for its expertise and knowledge of aerospace, space, and nuclear industries.

After receiving a design inquiry, Resolve's talented optomechanical design engineers begin an in-depth review of the custom optics' target application and performance specifications. The team asks additional questions to gain a complete understanding of the project and overall business goals.

After the project design specifications are agreed upon, the client and Resolve become OEM partners with a common goal to create a state-of-the-art optical solution tailored to the client's exact needs.

Resolve prides itself on translating each customer's needs into an optimized optical design, running projects successfully, and efficiently manufacturing production quantities of lenses and optical products to the specified quality and target price. The company's ultimate goal is to deliver optimized custom lenses and optical systems that fulfill clients' needs and increase their competitive edge and profitability.

This information has been sourced, reviewed, and adapted from materials provided by Resolve Optics Ltd.

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