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Northrop, University Partner on Telescope Engineering Project; Andy Kwas Comments

NorthropLogoNorthrop Grumman has partnered with the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to complete an electrical and computer engineering senior design project for adaptive optics correction.

During the partnership, a team of engineers mentored students for eight months on how to correct the distortions of two large mirror telescopes, Northrop said Monday.

“This was exciting for both mentors and students. It provided students with hands-on experience while they supported programs such as the U.S. Air Force Starfire optical range and the Maui Space Surveillance Center telescopes,” said Andy Kwas, Northrop technical services engineering and technology manager.

The students developed algorithms to correct the distortions of the Starfire Optical Range at the Kirtland Air Force Base and the Maui Space Surveillance Center in Haleakala, Hawaii.

Northrop also sponsored mirror test configurations and high-power computing time to allow the students to simulate the effects of Earth’s gravity and atmospheric disturbances on the telescopes.

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