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 […]
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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.