Green light for the construction of the 39-m aperture giant Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) was given by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) council on Dec 4th, 2014. Procurement of the key elements, especially the optics, was immediately initiated by ESO team. Up today, Safran Reosc was awarded all the key optical polishing and testing contracts with:
2015-07: contract for the Adaptive Optics M4 mirror thin glass petals,
2016-07: contract for the 4-m M2 convex mirror,
2017-02: contract for the 4-m M3 mirror.
2017-05: contract for polishing and intergation of the 931 1.45-m hexagonal segments for the giant 39-m M1 mirror assembly
This paper is dedicated to highlighting the various challenges linked to these various optical fabrication projects and reporting about the progress of our work so far.
Green light for the construction of the 39-m aperture Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) was given by the Council of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Dec 4th, 2014. Procurement of the key elements, especially the optics, the dome and structure and the glass substrates, was soon after initiated by ESO team. Safran Reosc is proud to have been awarded all the key optical polishing and testing contracts with:
2015-07: the contract for thin glass petals of the Adaptive Optics M4 mirror unit,
2016-07: the contract for polishing the 4-m secondary convex mirror M2,
2017-02: the contract for polishing of the 4-m tertiary mirror M3,
2017-05: the contract for polishing and integration of the 931 1.45-m hexagonal segments constituting the giant 39-m primary mirror assembly M1.
This paper reports Safran Reosc’s work progresses along these four contracts with their various challenges and more specifically those related to the mass production of the M1 segments.
Sagem presents its recent developments in light-weighting, polishing, bonding and testing of Zerodur space mirrors equipped with pads and fixation devices. The presentation is based on Sagem's recent successful project for the SEOSAT/Ingenio satellite.
Reosc has been working on thin glass shells for many years and was recently selected by ESO for the production of the E-ELT M4 mirror thin glass shells. Previously Reosc also produced the aspheric thin shell for the VLT-M2 AO Facility. Based on this experience we will discuss how off axis thin glass shells can be made for the next generation AO systems like the GMT one.