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MASS HIGH TECH | January 6, 2010
Boston Micromachines snags SBIR grants for optics tech

By Brendan Lynch

Optics technology-maker Boston Micromachines Corp. reports it has landed about $200,000 from NASA to develop optics technology.

The $200,000 comprises two Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grants. Under one of the grants, Boston Micromachines will partner with Boston University to develop a microelectromechanical systems-based actuator device for use with deformable mirrors used in NASA’s imaging technology. The researcher’s goal is to develop a driver with a minimum hundred-fold reduction in power consumption and a tenfold reduction in size, while maintaining a high level of precision and decreasing costs.

Under the other SBIR grant, Boston Micromachines will develop a process for making high actuator count deformable mirrors used in space-based imaging instruments. The goal of the process is to create larger deformable mirror devices that shape more light using less hardware in fewer configurations.

The grants are the seventh and eighth SBIR grants NASA has given Cambridge-based Boston Micromachines, according to the company.


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