Labsphere and Arizona State University enter Facilities Use Agreement for FLARE technology development
This new collaboration between Labsphere and ASU will benefit university students as they gain hands-on experience in areas such as remote sensing and earth observation. It also promotes ASUs NewSpace Initiative that fosters partnerships with space exploration and technology companies to discover new avenues of research while creating opportunities for student engagement. In addition, Labsphere will support ASU Polytechnic Engineering Capstone student projects.
Labsphere gains access to ASU’s outstanding resources and an excellent physical environment in Mesa to test and further develop the FLARE technology.
Chris Durell, Director of Business Development for Remote Sensing at Labsphere, said, “The ASU site, students and excellent staff provide Labsphere with a very flexible resource to conduct satellite tests and explore new technology avenues for FLARE. Capstone projects run by ASU -Students will support the development. ” new mobile modalities and FLARE design enhancements to expand satellite test tools and techniques. This is also a fantastic opportunity for bright, young talent to contribute to innovation in the New Space market while learning basic remote sensing and earth observation skills. The ASU environment will be a fantastic incubator for new ideas and services. “
Labsphere and ASU have agreed to manually use geometric mirror arrays to check satellite image quality. In addition to the manual array test area, the partnership also provides for a future, fully automatic installation of the FLARE system.
The FLARE network is a revolutionary new method for optically calibrating the spatial, geometric and radiometric performance of the imager and sensor.
The concept of using stars to calibrate telescopes stems from the early days of astronomy. Space telescopes such as Hubble and the future James Webb Telescope use star fields to perform image quality and signal tests. This technique was previously unavailable on Earth.
FLARE targets are controlled, automated, adjustable “stars on the ground”. Labsphere takes this robust technique and makes it available to telescopes that map the earth so they can do the same review and examination in real time.
“We are very pleased that another high-tech company is setting up with us ASU Polytechnic Campus and we’re excited to have Labsphere join us at ASU to drive and invent the technologies of the future, “said Dr. Duane Roen, Vice-Provost of the ASU Polytechnic Campus and Dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
The City of Mesa also supports the project. “We are excited to welcome the Labsphere FLARE test site Mesa in the ASU Polytechnic Innovation District “, Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said. “With this announcement, Labsphere joins some of the world’s leading aerospace technology companies with major facilities in Mesa. “
Darryl Morrell, an associate professor of engineering said the opportunity to work with Labsphere’s FLARE testing site will enhance interdisciplinary engineering education at the polytechnic.
“This type of work experience really reinforces the idea that the issues you will be working on in your career are interdisciplinary,” said Morrell. “Working with the FLARE system enables students to understand how electrical and mechanical systems support real projects.”
Via the ASU Polytechnic Innovation District
The ASU Polytechnic Innovation District is 300 acres of land adjacent to the ASU Polytechnic Campus, which is home to the Polytechnic School, one of ASU’s six schools Ira A. Fulton Schools School of Engineering, one of the largest engineering schools in the country. The campus also hosts programs offered by five other ASU colleges. The district is ideal for industrial partnerships with its strong focus on project-based learning, interdisciplinary laboratories and regional transportation. Minutes from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and SkyBridge, The United States’ The ASU Polytechnic Innovation District is the only international inland air logistics and joint customs clearance center between the US and Mexico that meets the requirements for technology transfer, advanced solutions, transportation and seamless logistics solutions.
Labsphere, Inc. is an internationally recognized photonics company headquartered in Central New Hampshire, USA, with satellite system in Shanghai, China, as well as a global network of sales partners. Labsphere offers innovative solutions for a wide range of applications including LED / SSL lighting, laser power measurement, remote sensing, imager / consumer camera, automotive, defense and security, health and biomedical optics for manufacturing and research environments. The company, founded in 1979, is part of the Halma plc group of companies. For more information, visit Labsphere and FLARE.
SOURCE Labsphere, Inc.