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boston.com | 05/07/2012
Boston Micromachines gets $750k NASA contract for space imaging research

By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff

Boston Micromachines Corp., a Cambridge company specializing in adaptive optics systems, said it has been awarded a $750,000 contract from NASA to support the space agency’s Exoplanet Exploration program.

NASA is searching for planets outside of the solar system, but that search is hindered by the constraints of space-based imaging technology.

Boston Micromachines’ specialty is MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) deformable mirrors, which are used in adaptive optics systems. Such systems take corrective actions to produce high resolution images.

Under the grant from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, Boston Micromachines said it plans to construct a MEMS deformable mirror that will have the “enhanced reliability to handle the harsh environments” of space.