Hind High Vacuum Company Ltd has bagged a Russian order for export of a machine for re-coating the giant mirror of a telescope in the Caucasus mountain observatory of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute of the Moscow State University.

This is a major initiative by Hind High Vacuum, the flagship company of the HHV Group, involved in the design, development and manufacture of equipment and products in the field of vacuum technology, solar photovoltaic energy and thin films.

“Till recently, the ability to design and develop such complex coating equipment for large mirrors was limited to a few specialised companies in the advanced countries. HHV has now become a member of this select club by leveraging its expertise of designing and making vacuum-based equipment for depositing thin film coatings,” said Nagarjun Sakhamuri, Managing Director, Hind High Vacuum.

“HHV supplied its first machine for coating telescope mirrors in 2004 to the Indian Institute of Astrophysics for the Hanle observatory located in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, at a height of 4,570 metres above sea level. It is being used to coat the 2.1 meter diameter telescopic mirror of 1 tonne weight at the observatory,” he added.

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(This article was published on December 18, 2012)
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