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Cutting-edge optics help our customers to
open the door to the universe

Innovations for a More Intelligent World

Innovations for a More Intelligent World

For decades, Corning has supported the aerospace and defence industries with the latest technologies to explore and monitor outer space and the Earth itself.

These technologies – from highly stable glass mirror blanks to high-performance imaging systems – require broad expertise in materials science and optics. As world leaders in both these areas, we have partnered with aerospace and defence customers to solve some of the toughest challenges standing in their way.

Our proprietary high-purity fused silica has formed the windows for all of the manned spacecraft in U.S. history. Our speciality glass-ceramics materials were so durable and heat-resistant that the U.S. military has chosen them for missile nose cones. Highly stable, optically pure Corning glass is at the heart of telescopes and photographic systems that have expanded our fundamental understanding of the cosmos.

What Corning Offers

What Corning Offers

Our leadership in this area includes a long history of producing Electro-Optical Infra-red (EOIR) systems with an extensive line of hyper-spectral imaging solutions. We also operate one of the largest diamond-turning manufacturing operations in the world.

We can support production of reflective and refractive optical projects from prototyping to high-volume manufacturing.

And our experienced engineering teams have deep  knowledge of the specific and often-challenging needs of these specialised industries. They are experts at identifying ways to make our customers’ systems more efficient and ensure that they are producible.

The trust we have earned from leaders in the aerospace and defence fields has given us the opportunity to be a part of world-changing endeavours. And we continue to innovate in a field that requires the utmost in quality, reliability and intellectual leadership.

Industry Solutions

Domes, radomes are "missile tips" that protect radars

Missile Domes and Radomes

Missile Domes and Radomes

Tough materials that stand up to thermal shock.

Tough materials that stand up to thermal shock.

Glowing spectral image displays bands of blues, yellows and oranges

Hyper-spectral Imaging

Hyper-spectral Imaging

Imaging systems from the visible to infra-red.

Imaging systems from the visible to infra-red.

Man kneels, works atop a thick, room-size telescope mirror

Telescope Mirrors and Lens Blanks

Telescope Mirrors and Lens Blanks

Capturing light to probe the secrets of deep space.

Capturing light to probe the secrets of deep space.