Duocel® Foam Optics and Mirrors

What are foam optics and mirrors?

Foam optics and mirrors are devices used in airborne laser communications.  They support unparalleled heat transfer and can withstand multiple micrometer strikes without failing.

Why would you use Duocel® foam optics and mirrors?

The Duocel® aluminum foam composite opticals are fabricated for airborne laser communication systems and provides an extremely stable isothermalized platform. The aluminum foam core allows unprecedented heat transfer and is capable of sustaining multiple strikes by micrometeorites without completely failing like a conventional mirror.

Who uses Duocel® foam optics and mirrors?

The Star Dust satellite used these Duocel® aluminum core optics to communicate.


  • Lightweight
  • Cost Effective

Silicon Carbide

  • High Strength
  • Atmosphere Corrosion  Resistance


  • Lightweight
  • Cost Effective
  • Corrosion Resistant