Optical Design

and Manufacturing 

Good design is good work

Good, strong, and sleek design is behind every effective system. Good design starts with a solid understanding of requirements - even if that means recognizing that some requirements simply aren't well defined. We work with our customers early on to identify what they really care about, and then develop a concept that is good in the sense that the design will achieve the required signal-to-noise ratio with adequate resolution, strong in the sense that tolerances can be achieved and held, and sleek in the sense you can enclose it away and never touch it again. Bad design is glaringly obvious; traditionally good work blends into the overall product and is unseen. But good design causes you to stop and appreciate the physical execution of idea. Each member of our team has spent many days and nights commissioning instruments and developing new technologies in unpleasant real-world environments, the better part of it atop cold mountains on the world's largest telescopes. We can proudly say we are the designers, builders, makers, and users of well-designed optical systems.    

Burden of proof

Our portfolio of previous work is extensive. Among our products is the high-resolution space and aerial imaging platform SIRII - the Space InfraRed Imaging Interferometer. Other optical innovations include the development and deployment of adaptive optics systems for academic and industry partners, wavefront sensors of unique design, and acoustic imaging instruments for remotely detecting vibrations in both terrestrial objects and satellites.

Driven Design

In order to address the concerns of size, weight and power - what government types like to call SWAP - as well as cost, we rethought the concept of a space-based imager. We came up with our condensed SIRII platform, going beyond traditional materials, design, operation, and use for platforms on orbit.

Beyond the Traditional

Traditional design satisfies many challenges given the current state of the art. We are good at this. But we take expertise in pursuing the unconventional in order to drive the state of the art as well. In this paradigm of design, we find that creative solutions to common problems tend to be better. We say better because these solutions hit the points of that buzzy acronym SWAP, but that these innovative solutions also extend themselves as answers to additional unthought of problems seen elsewhere.