A group of NASA scientists has developed a carbon nanotube-based mirror for a telescope that can be integrated with miniaturized satellites designed for use in Earth observations, scientific investigations and deep space exploration missions.
The team at NASAâs Goddard Space Flight CenterÂ led by Theodor Kostiuk has partnered with Lightweight Telescopes to develop the telescope for CubeSat through the centerâs Internal Research and Development program, the space agency said Wednesday.
Kostiuk said the team is looking at commercially available imagers and other components for integration with the CubeSat telescope.
The researchers have developed an optical bench in order to evaluate the telescopeâs design.
NASA said the optical bench consists of three miniature spectrometersÂ that work to detect near-infrared wavelength bands and are connected to the mirrorâs focused beam through fiber optic cables.