Media Lario S.r.l. has shipped the 2.5-meter telescope for the ASTHROS mission of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The optical system of the telescope is comprised of gold-coated panels, precisely aligned on a carbon fibre support structure which is lightweight yet strong enough to maintain the mirror’s precise shape during flight. The optics were produced using Media Lario’s patented Repli-formed Optics™ technology which is ideal for light-weight high volume applications.
José Achache, Chairman of Media Lario, said, “We are particularly proud at Media Lario that NASA JPL has selected our unique, highly scalable, mirror manufacturing technology for the optical system of ASTHROS. This confirms our belief that this technology will be a game changer for the space industry. Moving from artisanal optics manufacturing techniques to a true industrial process will enable new and demanding scientific missions as well as high-volume commercial optical telecommunication constellations.”