Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has received a research program from the U.S. Air Force to develop a bench level atmospheric and laser guide star (LGS) simulator for characterizing adaptive optics (AO) components.
As larger astronomical observatories are developed, their designs rely on new laser guide star and related adaptive optical technologies. PSI’s advanced laser source and atmosphere simulator will be a critical tool for ground-based testing of candidate technologies in the design and testing of these advanced observatories for object observation and tracking, as well as optical communications.
The growing number of objects, both active satellites and debris, in orbit around the Earth are placing a greater need on increased space situational awareness. Both national and commercial entities are appearing to fill this need. Increased awareness will require enhanced networks of ground based optical sensors. These sensors will need to be designed for ruggedness in the field and affordability. PSI’s advanced laser source and atmosphere simulator will be a useful tool in the design and testing of such optical sensors.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Joel Hensley
Vice President, Photonics
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003