NASA technologist Tim Stephenson with a structure made of Invar (Photo: NASA Goddard/Bill Hrybyk)
Exploded view of the CubeSat-class 50-mm (2-in) imaging instrument (Image: NASA Goddard/Jason Budinoff)
Telescopes are very simple devices in theory, but getting one to work in space means a complex assembly of mechanical parts that is expensive, difficult to build, and hard to operate in the hostile environment outside the Earth’s atmosphere. To simplify things, NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is working on the first space telescope made entirely from 3D-printed parts.
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