Cutting-edge JPL flight instruments have set extreme requirements in precision, mass, and reflectivity that can surpass the ability of traditional fabrication techniques. MDL’s researchers are developing unique solutions for these next-generation components.
Scientists and engineers at JPL’s MDL are busy developing techniques using tools in the MDL’s cleanroom to fabricate these next-generation precision optical components that will bring new capabilites to NASA flight missions and scientific instruments. For example, MDL’s black silicon and silicon nitride slit has been delivered for flight on a hyperspectral imager. It is a superlative example of several unique MDL technologies coming together for a flight component.