Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials SIKA® silicon carbide was used to produce the aerospace mirrors and main frame for the space telescope on Europe’s Gaia satellite.
What are the advantages of silicon carbide SIKA® powders?
They are very rigid and resistant to thermal shock. Silicon Carbide also prevents mechanical fatigue, moisture absorption and deterioration caused by space radiation.
Requirements for large lightweight telescopes are continually increasing for aerospace missions and Silicon Carbide’s unique qualities make it the ideal solution to produce lightweight and stable telescopes.
In addition, the Silicon Carbide manufacturing process is very efficient.