The objective of this paper was to assist in the construction of a lunar telescope mirror model by conducting research on composite materials and other lightweight, rigid materials, and by determining how much weight can be levitated by available superconductors. It is believed that with the construction of four magnets suspended over four bulk superconductors (or vice versa), there should be no problems lifting a model mirror and stabilizing it at different positions. It may be necessary to increase the size and quality of the superconductors and/or magnets in order to achieve this.
In NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center
- Pub Date:
- March 1992
- Frictionless Environments;
- High Temperature Superconductors;
- Lunar Based Equipment;
- Composite Materials;