Big Plans For Small Satellites: Testing Laser Communications, Formation Flying

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    New Research Puts Us Closer To DIY Spray-On Solar Cell Technology

    In a 2014 study, published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, St. Mary's College of Maryland energy expert Professor Troy Townsend introduced the first fully solution-processed all-inorganic photovoltaic technology.

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    Made from a forest of modified carbon nanotubes, a "rectenna" has been used for the first time to convert visible light directly into electricity.

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    The Computer Controlled Optical High Speed Extensometer 200 XH converts the distance between two illuminated and contrasting gauge marks of a tension test sample into a measurement signal proportional to strain.

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  • MythBusters Puts The v2010 To The Test
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    The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters series featured incredible footage of a bullet being fired from a pistol with a Phantom v2010 camera at 73,000 fps.

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    The last decade has witnessed a virtual explosion in the development and global adoption of communications and information technology. While this era of swift, unprecedented technological advancement has conveyed innumerable benefits to civilian society, it also has ushered in a brand new set of challenges for the United States and other established military powers.

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Acton Research optics and coatings have been the standard in high performance ultraviolet (UV) optics since 1961. Acton Optics & Coatings continues the tradition providing the highest performing optical components and optical subassemblies available to a diverse array of industries, including the Medical, Semiconductor, Materials Processing, Analytic Instrumentation, Aerospace and Defense markets.

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Canon Optoelectronic Components, Integrating the Latest Technologies. Canon has been developing industrial components with super-high levels of precision and accuracys using its optical technologies gained and accumulated for over half a century.


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PI (Physik Instrumente) LP

PI (Physik Instrumente) provides the world’s broadest range of precision motion technologies for both micro- and nano-precision applications. PI is the world’s first and largest manufacturer of piezoelectric nanopositioning technology.  Started 4 decades ago as a supplier to research labs and universities, the company has grown into a business of 700+ employees and more than $100 million in global sales.

Abrisa Technologies
Abrisa Technologies
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Ophir Photonics
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Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corporation, began making laser power meters, energy meters, and beam profilers in 1979, and we’ve never looked back. We have headquarters in the United States, Israel, Japan, and Germany, as well as distributors in over 50 countries worldwide.


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