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NASA SELECTS LION PRECISION SENSORS FOR X-RAY TELESCOPE ASSEMBLY

NASA is developing the next generation of X-Ray optics which could be used in an orbiting X-Ray observatory using high-performance capacitive displacement sensors from Lion Precision during the assembly procedure. The "lens" consists of thousands of mirrors positioned to reflect X-rays at a shallow angle with a focal length of 3-10 meters. Locating and fixing the mirrors in position is the primary challenge of the project. Creating focus at the long focal lengths requires a mirror angular position tolerance of only 1 µRadian, and the precisely shaped mirrors, when mounted, must distort less than 0.1 µm from their free, unmounted state. And of course any such assembly must be able to hold these positions through launch and deployment.

Read the full article on the Lion Precision website.

IBS Precision Engineering is Lion Precision's unique representative in Europe. For more information on the Lion Precision capacitive displacement sensors that were used in this project, please click here.