SAN DIEGO, Aug 2, 2010– Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that the Sensors & Space Systems group of its Weapons Systems Solutions (WSS) Division has received a new contract award in excess of $1 million, for research and development (R&D) related to flexible membrane optical mirrors from the Office of Naval Research.
The Kratos WSS Sensors & Space Systems group is focused on transitioning emerging technologies to meet war fighter requirements in the realm of imaging and spectroscopic sensors. The group has ongoing efforts in diverse areas, conducting R&D to advance capabilities in ground and airborne sensors.
According to Dr. Greg A. Finney, Group Director and Principal Investigator for the program, “This technology is extremely exciting. If it reaches the capability we expect, it will tremendously reduce the cost and complexity of optical sensors.” The goal of the program is to use electrical signals to adjust the shape of large optical mirrors. This approach would allow optical designers the freedom to adjust the focus and the zoom level of an optical system with no moving mechanisms. Currently, sensor designers use a combination of moving mirrors and lenses to make these adjustments. This method has been used for decades, but results in bulky, heavy mechanisms that require a significant amount of time to adjust. “We envision our approach will result in the ability to dynamically change the zoom, allowing sensor operators to track several targets simultaneously while maintaining awareness of the overall situation,” said Dr. Finney.
The Sensors & Space Systems group will conduct this research in collaboration with its partners, Advanced Optical Systems and NeXolve Corp.
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