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Cranfield Delivers Telescopes Optics

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CRANFIELD, England, June 20 -- Cranfield University has delivered an initial set of spectrometer optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble Telescope's successor, as part of a project the university said will enhance its reputation as a developer and producer of space optics.

Cranfield also said that a laser-based measuring technique it developed has been adopted as the standard technique for measuring the mid-infrared instrument spectrometer optics used on the telescope.

Cranfield made the announcements at the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance (LAMDAMAP), which it hosted last month at the Cranfield Management Development Centre.

The conference, coordinated by the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, attended by more than 100 delegates from 17 countries, featured papers on the latest technology and techniques for assessing the performance of machine tools and measuring machines.

Bob Hocken, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, N.C., delivered the keynote speech at the conference on machine tool and CMM performance evaluation methods. Hotoshi Ohmori, a professor at Riken, a Japanese research center, and Pat McKeown, an emertius professor at Cranfield University, were also speakers.

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