In the next decades, we foresee the need for the fabrication of many large asphenc mirrors for space
and astronomy applications. Itek Optical Systems has developed computer controlled optical
surfacing for rapidly fabricating such optics. Recently, these operations have been improved with
the development of a sheaf of new processes based on a greatly increased understanding of the
physics of glass surfacing. These improvements have already produced a reduction of large optics
surfacing time and the technology points towards further reduction.© (1990) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.