KOMPSAT 3 – Korsch Telescope
Multi-Purpose Satellite for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute Thales SESO was responsible for the mechanical design, manufacturing, assembly of the fixation devices, environmental tests and integration on the carbon Fiber Reinforced baseplates. This system comprised of 5 mirrors in a Korsch-type telescope. 2 Flight Models and a prototype were delivered.
Thales SESO Mirrors in orbit
The last mirrors were delivered in 2011. The first satellite was launched in May 2012 from the space center of Jaxa in Japan and the second in March 2015. They achieve a resolution of 0.7m and has a field of view of 16.8km Illustration of the KOMPSAT-3 spacecraft (image credit: KARI)
A Korsch-type telescope
An on-axis Cassegrain telescope with
- a primary mirror of more than 800mm diameter
- secondary mirror of 200mm diameter
- A tertiary off-axis mirror
- An on-axis M4 aspherical concave mirror
- A folding flat mirror (M5 flat), for reasons of overall volume limitations.
Our expertise in Space applications
- Low weight M1, M2, M3 were lightened up to 85% its original weight by removing material from the back of the Zerodur™ mirrors.
- High stability The material Zerodur™ was selected for its extremely low CTE, which makes it the best candidate to prevent thermo-elastic deformation due to sharp temperature changes in orbit (alternating between direct sun exposure and in the shadow of the earth). The flexures used to mount the mirror to its support are made in Invar to match the CTE of the Zerodur™
- High Throughput M1, M2 M3 and M4 mirrors are coated in our facility with a space qualified protected silver coating to maximize the throughput. M5 mirror is coated with a dielectric coating. Low WFE for the sharpest image
Image of Dubaï from KOMPSAT 3
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