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photonics.com | News Briefs | December 8, 2005
NASA Awards Boston Micromachines Corp Phase II Contract

NASA awarded Boston Micromachines Corp., a Watertown, Mass., provider of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based deformable mirror products for adaptive optics systems, a phase-II $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Program contract to develop a deformable mirror for space-based operation in high-resolution imaging systems. The deformable mirror will be fabricated with a combination of MEMS fabrication techniques using single-crystal silicon for its structural components. It will operate in space as part of a future observatory mission to detect planets in other solar systems. In another projet, Boston Micromachines is providing a high-resolution MEMS deformable mirror for the Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Rocket Experiment (PICTURE), a space exploration collaboration among Boston University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. PICTURE is a sounding rocket experiment to obtain the first direct image of a Jupiter-like planet around another star. The experiment will use a nulling interferometer developed at JPL and a telescope using Boston Micromachines' MEMS mirror for wavefront control, among other technology, for the flight demonstration, scheduled to be launched from White Sands, N.M., aboard a NASA sounding rocket in early 2007.

 
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