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Research and Development on Flexible Membrane Optical Mirrors by Kratos

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a leading provider of National Security Solutions, declared that its WSS Sensors & Space Systems Division has obtained a new contract award valued more than $1 million from the Naval Research Office for research and development (R&D) associated with flexible membrane optical mirrors.

The Kratos WSS Division is federal on mutating the imaging and spectroscopic sensors to meet war fighter necessities by research and development activities, to heighten the capability of airborne and ground sensors. The sensor designers’ typical method of combining portable lenses and mirrors to realize the fine-tuning required arduous mechanisms and consumed more time.

The Kratos’ novel program aims at using electric signals to modify the form of huge optical mirrors. This inturn will assist optical designers to harmonize the zoom level and focus of an optical system, without any moving mechanisms.

Dr. Greg A. Finney, the Principal Investigator for the program commented that this technology is wonderful and if proven successful will make the optical sensors simple and cost-effective. He also added that this new approach will actively transform the zoom, permitting the designers to track many focuses creating an overall awareness of the scenario.


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