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- Title Robot stacker
- Released 16/12/2009 11:51 am
- Copyright ESA/cosine Research
An industrial robot is being employed by the ESA-led silicon pore optics consortium to achieve precision stacking of mirror plates. The stacking has a major influence on the ensuing system’s optical performance so will be carried out on a fully automated basis. Some 200 000 separate plates will be needed for the IXO candidate mission. The stacking is performed in a cleanroom to minimise particle contamination, further optimising optical quality.