Company Profile

Our Mission

To serve our customers with solutions to their optics requirements by exceeding their expectations, being attentive to their needs at all times and always doing the best work we possibly can.

Our history

Media Lario S.r.l. was founded in 1993 for the purpose of building the first of its kind all metal optics - grown in a chemical bath - for the XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope of the European Space Agency (ESA). The XMM-Newton was launched in December 1999 and continues operating to this day at a distance of 40,000 kilometres from the Earth. Our mirrors continue to function at full specification, with recent imaging achieving the discovery of the last 5% of unidentified Baryonic Matter in the Universe.

Since then, our technology has been used in numerous X-ray space telescope missions, being chosen recently for the €1.5 billion ATHENA telescope, due to launch in the early 2030s. Recently, we were also very proud to have supplied the optics which were used to take the first-ever image of a black hole as part of a 50m large scale telescope in Mexico as well as a large scale telescope array in Atacama Chile. Additionally, our technology has pioneered the use of new materials for high specification optics and optical systems in satellites for Earth Observation as well as for Free Space Optical Communications.

About

Over the past three decades, Media Lario has earned the trust of numerous world-leading space agencies, including ESA, NASA, ASI (Italy), and CAS (China) as well as leading aerospace companies including Airbus, Leonardo, and Thales Alenia Space.

Being located in northern Italy, we benefit from deep developments in metallurgical technologies as well as optics design. The concept of X-ray space telescopes was born in Italy, tracing its roots to the optical research of Galileo hundreds of years ago and to the metallurgical technologies developed in this area since Roman times.

Looking forward, we believe that new technologies in optical design and manufacturing will be increasingly important, even mission defining, for New Space (Space 2.0) missions.  Media Lario intends to remain at the forefront by continuing to invest heavily in R&D in our areas of specialty.

Location

Via Pascolo 10, 23842 Bosisio Parini Lecco, Italy

Contact business

    Contact Information
    • Address

      Via Pascolo 10, 23842 Bosisio Parini Lecco, Italy

    • Manager

      Giovanni Bianucci - VP, Sales and Marketing

    • Phone number

      +39 3479734011

    • Email

      giovanni.bianucci@medialario.com

    • Website

      https://www.medialario.com/

    Our Offices in Italy
    Products | Services | Applications |Technologies

    Optical Systems

    Free Space Optical Communications

    Optical assemblies for free-space ground and satellite laser optical communication.

    Utilising Media Lario’s patented Repli-formed Optics™ technology.

    X-ray Optics for Astronomy, EUVL, and Scientific Applications

    Optical assemblies utilizing Media Lario’s patented electroforming technology.

    Large range of coating materials and complex shapes.

    Hyperspectral Earth Observation Small Satellite Payloads

    Payloads - TMA unobscured optical systems featuring small-sat SWaP (typ. 20 kg, 20 W), Multi or Hyperspectral operation at 150 bands, 2.5 m GSD Panchromatic

    Optical Systems - On-axis telescopes with apertures from 90 to 550 mm and Glass, Aluminium or Repli-formed™ Optics

    Optical Components

    Repli-formed Optics™ - High-Volume High-Precision Mirrors

    1-day cycle time, suitable for high volume cost-sensitive applications.

    Available with light-weighting, optical pass-through, and other custom features.

    High-Precision Metallic Mirrors

    Shape accuracy better than 20 nm – aspheric, off-axis, freeform designs for UV, visible, IR.

    Size up to 1.2 m – Including Alum, Nickel coated Alum, Stainless Steel substrates.

    High-Precision Glass Mirrors and Lenses

    Shape accuracy better than 20 nm – aspheric, off-axis, freeform designs for UV, visible, IR.

    Size up to 1.2 m – Including Glass, Quartz, ZERODUR®, Clearceram® substrates.

    Mirrored Panels

    Light-weight Metallic Panels

    Weight per area of 15 kg/m2 for large segmented surface coverage.

    Shape accuracy better than 10 µm – spherical, aspheric, off-axis, freeform designs.

    Extended lifetime in open and harsh environments – life tested to 20 years.

    Light-weight Mirror Panels

    Weight per area of 15 kg/m2 for large segmented surface coverage.

    Shape accuracy better than 10 µm – spherical, aspheric, off-axis, freeform designs.

    Surface materials include coated thin glass, coated polymers, and other materials.

    Custom Capabilities

    Customized Optics

    Diverse processes – electroforming, deterministic polishing and figuring, hot and cold shaping.

    Large scale on-site metrological capabilities for dimension, shape, and surface quality.

    High-volume factory with over 1000 m2 ISO 5/6 clean room for assembly and integration.

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    BeppoSAX; XMM Newton; SWIFT; eROSITA; ROSETTA; CHEOPS; LMT; PLATO; MetOP-SG; eXTP; ALMA;EINSTEIN PROBE; ATHENA; Cherenkeov Telescope Array