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US Air Force Selects Ball Aerospace as Prime Contractor for LEOSS

Photonics.com
Sep 2006
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., announced it has been selected as prime contractor for phase A of the Lightweight Electro-Optical Space Sensor (LEOSS) program by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. Ball Aerospace will study the utility of lightweight electro-optical technology and data products for search, acquisition, tracking and characterization of resident space objects. The LEOSS program will serve as a pathfinder for future Department of Defense geosynchronous space situational awareness sensors. Subsequent phases of the program may include a flight demonstration. Broad Reach Engineering will provide Ball Aerospace with the electronics for the LEOSS program.



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electronics
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
sensor
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
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