Q: How can I ensure my optics withstand deployment into space?
A: The cost of launching payloads into space is considerable, incorporating only ‘space ready’ ruggedized lenses or optical systems into your satellite or space observation system is critical for achieving longer term, high-performance operation. During launch into space, lenses in high precision instruments and cameras are subject to vibration and shock. While slight vibration might cause malfunction in lenses, severe vibration can result in damage that is beyond repair. Shock waves are also highly detrimental to the performance and operation of high precision optical devices.