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Thermal Control Coating Applied to InSight Mars Lander

Surface Optics Corporation (SOC) has been contracted to supply a thermal control coating to NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, scheduled for launch in May 2018. The InSight mission objective is to place a stationary lander equipped with a seismometer and heat transfer probe on the surface of Mars to study its early geological evolution. The SOC […]

Data from Kepler space telescope indicates Earth-like planets are right next door

Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. Since red dwarfs are the most common stars in our galaxy, the closest Earth-like planet could be just 13 light-years away.

SOC published in Dec. 2011 issue of Vacuum Technology & Coating

The article "Advanced Large Area Deposition Technology for Astronomical and Space Applications”, authored by Surface Optics Corporation's R & D Engineer Michael L. Fulton and Coatings Lab Manager Richard S. Dummer, describes SOC’s design of a unique 3.3 meter diameter chamber, equipped with an e-beam, resistance source, and Ion Assisted Deposition (IAD) system mounted on a movable stage.