Fluidic Telescope Experiment (FLUTE)

PI: Edward Balaban, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moran Bercovici (Co-I), Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

The Fluidic Telescope Experiment (FLUTE) aims to validate a method for developing fluidic optical components in microgravity conditions for use in space telescopes and optical components. The approach leverages the natural surface tension of liquids to achieve nanometer smooth optical surfaces that form liquid and solidified optical components of various geometries. Researchers expect to develop reflective components by using reflective liquids or via atomic layer deposition (ALD) onto a solidified component. Parabolic flight testing will permit researchers to test different liquids, geometries, and deployment mechanisms and to optimize conditions for future development of the method.

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