NASA Orders 10 Box Furnaces
A piece of glass is placed on a mandrel inside the furnace and heated to 1400°F. The glass is then removed from the furnace and covered in a reflective gold filament to form a mirror. The mirror is then used in conjunction with others to form a mirror assembly that is placed on a telescope and deployed into space. The telescope is used to detect and study X-rays emitted from black holes, dark matter, neutron stars and other phenomena. The critical requirement is to produce in excess of 300 mirrors per month to meet the required 16,000 mirrors total.