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World Space Week 2018

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World Space Week 2018

Everyday items you see and use are in space? Sounds odd, but it's true. Find out more in Episode 2 of Optics University.

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Custom optic development for rocket engineering

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Custom optic development for rocket engineering

We've covered a lot of topics this during World Space Week, from satellites to telescopes to our commitment to innovation and exploration. For us, there’s one thing that all these topics have in common, and that’s our customers—the individuals who use our products every day and who help us create the new products that will drive our business forward. We serve a wide variety of industries—automotive, biomedical, education, laboratory supplies, defense, aerospace—just to name a few, and we’re always looking to branch our and share what we do. But even as we evolve and grow, we haven’t lost sight of...

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Choosing the right optical coating

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Choosing the right optical coating

When it comes to choosing the right optical coating, details matter. But what details and what drives the decisions? When you get right down to it, it’s all about the intended application—and there are a lot of variables, with a number of pros and cons for each. Go for the goldTake space helmets for example. You know, like they wear in the movies. You're likely familiar with the reflective gold-tone look. Well, when it comes to gear the astronauts use, it really is gold. That coating is actually a thin layer of gold applied to a polycarbonate shield. Astronauts need it for...

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Retroreflectors: Common uses, uncommon applications and the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment

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Retroreflectors: Common uses, uncommon applications and the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment

Throughout our World Space Week series, we’ve talked about satellites, lasers, telescopes, software, and many other applications of our optical systems. We’ve also discussed the years of work and research and development that goes into creating them. Now, we’re turning our lens on a simple optical component that’s used in many of the devices that you use every day. It’s one that you’ve likely never noticed or considered—the retroreflector. Safety firstYou know, that plastic reflector you see on your bike, or the “cats’ eye” embedded in the road, or the shiny elements on your running shoes? They’re actually very interesting  pieces...

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Optic solutions for amateur astronomers and NASA engineers

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Optic solutions for amateur astronomers and NASA engineers

Esco started out as an optics supplier for amateur astronomers. And things just took off from there. Today, we work with NASA and other leading aeronautics organizations, helping to develop the optical technologies that are providing first looks at never before seen galaxies, light years away. Talk about moving up to the big leagues. Satellite optics on the launchpadThese new technologies are everywhere, from everyday items to satellites orbiting the Earth. Have you heard about the James Webb Space Telescope? It’s been in the news lately. It was scheduled to launch this month, and we were really looking forward to it....

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