Protecting the Nation’s Airspace at the Speed of Light

The Solution

Our assessment showed that the original design was rushed and important things were overlooked. Fiber was coupled into the telescope in a way that wasn’t easy to work with, and unnecessary filler was used to adjust small spaces. 

We refurbished the system and made mechanical redesigns with newer, commercially available components. Our improvements made the system more robust and easier to realign and deploy. We also found a way to refurbish the system locally so that maintenance now takes hours instead of days.

The Future

Thanks to advances in fiber technology since ERSA was implemented, we discovered areas of improvement that can potentially shrink the telescopes’ footprint and expand their capabilities. The system, and the U.S. Air Force, will be able to do much more with less.

Experts in the Field