Satellites & Space Telescopes

From light-weight space structures to optical scanners, General Dynamics delivers the unmatched accuracy and reliability to meet the most demanding requirements for space-based missions.

General Dynamics offers a deep expertise in the manufacturing and fabrication of precision optical components and structures, from infrared (IR) metal optics to light-weighted beryllium structures. We are equipped to deliver scalable mission critical solutions, from low volume, high complexity solutions to mass production programs.

Our precision machining services are currently supporting satellite and space telescope programs including:

  • James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
  • Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)
  • Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
  • Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)
  • Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat I & II)

General Dynamics manufactures exceptionally reliable space-rated motors and resolvers for precision positiong systems. We offer a comprehensive line of brushless and brush-type direct drive motors designed to meet a wide range of requirements. Our single-speed, multi-speed and segmented resolvers provide a high degree of angular accuracy and extremely high resolution. Our resolvers are compact, lightweight and easily installed.  

General Dynamics designs and manufactures mission-specific reflective optics and optical sub-systems to provide superior imaging for critical missions in the space domain. Our single-axis and two-axis fast steering mirrors offer a versatile solution for a variety of space-borne optical scanning and beam stabilization applications.

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