Potential uses, first and most obvious are for the applications currently under consideration for NASA large optical systems. That in and of itself will be a substantial technological success that will enable the advancement of the current state of the art of this innovative material system. In addition, this technology will be adaptable to other satellite programs like: -Astrophysics applications that require large aperture, lightweight and highly reflective mirrors that can operate down to cryogenic temperatures. -Lightweight x-ray imaging mirrors for future large advanced x-ray observatories. -Could enhance programs like AFTA/WFIRST, JUICE, ASTRO, EVI and possibly Euclid.
This advanced material system as it applies to mirrors for both UV/optical and x-ray optics can be applied to many research and development applications here on earth. Fast scan mirrors and surveillance systems rely upon low density, high stiffness and high performance optics. This material system can provide solutions. In addition, commercial and military optical systems, particularly Earth observation satellites like Google Earth and other systems could benefit from this technology.