CMA’s Optics on Station for 2 Years

(Tucson, AZ · March, 20th 2013) — 2 years ago CMA launched a 1.3-meter, conical carbon composite mirror on STS-134 with AMS-02 and retrieved tested optics from the MISSE 7 program. AMS is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector organized by the DOE (Department of Energy) involving 16 countries and has made the news recently with it’s findings on dark matter. As the program nears a successful completion, CMA awaits a new space flight TRL level of 9. This is a landmark achievement for CMA and composite mirror technology in general, opening up new technical possibilities and markets.

CMA also sent optical samples up with MISSE 8 on STS 134. These optical samples are being tested for the effects of radiation, ultraviolet, and extreme temperature cycles for 3 years. These samples are planned to remain on-station till March 2014.

AMS and MISSE 8 Programs Photographed Together

AMS and MISSE 8 Programs Photographed Together

Closer Photo of AMS and MISSE 8