From left: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory optical engineer Brian Bauman, mechanical designer Darrell Carter and Alex Pertica, the deputy program leader for the Lab’s Space Science and Security Program, look over several small space telescopes, three of which have already flown in space. (Credit: Julie Russell/LLNL)
LIVERMORE, Calif. (LLNL PR) — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc. have reached a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to develop innovative compact and robust telescopes for nano-satellites.
The four-year, $2 million CRADA will combine LLNL’s Monolithic Telescope (MonoTele) technology with Tyvak’s expertise producing high-reliability spacecraft.
In the future, the advanced optical imaging payloads may be employed to collect information for remote sensing data users.
The MonoTele consists of a space telescope fabricated from a single, monolithic fused silica slab, allowing the optic lens to operate within tight tolerances. This approach does not require on-orbit alignment, greatly simplifying spacecraft design and favorably affecting spacecraft size, weight and power needs.
“I’m excited about this technology transitioning from LLNL to space demonstration and eventual commercial use,” said Alex Pertica, the deputy program leader for LLNL’s Space Science and Security Program (SSSP).
Tyvak will provide the spacecraft and payload, consisting of the ...