We expect to look out our windows and have a clear picture of our surroundings whether it is at home or in a vehicle. But, not all windows are created equal. In an industrial setting, regular windows based out of silicon glass just don’t cut it. In fact, many industrial windows and applications depend on the second hardest material on earth – sapphire.
Sapphire windows are used in some of the world’s harshest climates and beyond – in space. Here are some cool uses for sapphire:
• Missile dome windows for advanced weaponry that come into contact with large variations in temperature and dusty environments
• Instrumentation – they are used in probes that are exposed to hazardous and corrosive chemicals
• Windows in space vehicles and cameras that are exposed to harsh environments