NASA Makes Optical Tech Available to Industry
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 2, 2011 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is offering its advanced optical technologies for licensing and partnership opportunities.
Wavefront sensing and adaptive optics technology, procedures and lab equipment will be made available to private industry through NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program Office’s “Can You See It Now?” campaign.
The technologies, which were developed for the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes, could promote advances in microscopy, lasik and refractive eye surgery, biometric imaging, advanced cameras and sensors, and optical communications systems.
Besides the hardware and software solutions, NASA Goddard also offers components, design tools and engineers to firms seeking to actively develop adaptive optics systems.
(See also: Telescope Technology Aids Ocular Health)
For more information, visit: www.nasa.gov
- adaptive optics
- Optical components or assemblies whose performance is monitored and controlled so as to compensate for aberrations, static or dynamic perturbations such as thermal, mechanical and acoustical disturbances, or to adapt to changing conditions, needs or missions. The most familiar example is the "rubber mirror,'' whose surface shape, and thus reflective qualities, can be controlled by electromechanical means. See also active optics; phase conjugation.
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