NASA Spinoff ’02 – “Getting The Gold Treatment”

BCBE7EC5-B9E6-C436-DF713032BC344C3DEpner Technology, Inc., of Brooklyn, New York, has a golden reputation at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1996, the company first partnered with Goddard to gold-coat a telescope mirror for use on the Mars Global Surveyor. The mirror, known as the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), functioned as part of a laser device to chart Mar’s topography. Epner Technology’s LaserGold® process was used on the mirror to give it the sensitivity necessary for the opera- tion. The success of this project led Goddard to call upon Epner’s expertise again to work on the Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL) mirror. This partnership resulted in new commercial applications for the LaserGold process in the automotive industry.