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Optikos Gets $3.4M for Optical Focus Verification System

Photonics.com
Aug 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 14, 2006 -- Optikos Corp., a maker of optical image quality metrology equipment, announced that it has been awarded a $3.4 million contract from ITT Systems Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colo., to produce an optical focus verification system (OFVS) for telescope-to-film and telescope-to-CCD camera image plane alignment.

The OFVS will be used by the US Air Force on five of the large-aperture launch tracking telescopes at the Eastern Range, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Fla. The telescopes are used during all launches from Cape Canaveral, including the space shuttle. Optikos's equipment will provide the capability to verify the correct focus of the tracking telescope prior to launch.

ITT Systems, a division of White Plains, N.Y.-based ITT Corp., manages the US Air Force Spacelift Range Support Contract for the operation and sustainment and depot maintenance requirements of the Eastern Range and the Western Range at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

For more information, visit: www.itt.com


GLOSSARY
focus
1. The focal point. 2. To adjust the eyepiece or objective of a telescope so that the image is clearly seen by the observer. 3. To adjust the camera lens, plate, or film holder so that the image is rendered distinct. 4. To move an entire microscope body tube relative to a specimen to obtain the sharpest possible image.
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
telescope
An afocal optical device made up of lenses or mirrors, usually with a magnification greater than unity, that renders distant objects more distinct, by enlarging their images on the retina.
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