Labsphere to test new technique to improve satellite imaging

In partnership with Arizona State University, firm will further develop FLARE technology

FLARE mirrors involve a new way of optically calibrating images, says developer Labsphere

Through an agreement with Arizona State University, optical products manufacturer Labsphere Inc. will be testing a system designed to improve the performance of satellite and other airborne imaging systems.

The North Sutton, NH-based Labsphere has announced plans to locate a Field Line of sight Automated Radiance Exposure, or FLARE, testing site part of the ASU Polytechnic Innovation District in Mesa, Ariz. FLARE is described as a system of high-tech mirrors that can be used to improve the performance of satellite, airborne and drone-based imaging systems.

Labsphere said FLARE involves a new way of optically calibrating images and the sensor’s spatial, geometric and radiometric performance by employing the concept of using stars for calibrating telescopes – a concept employed in space telescopes, including Hubble and the future James Webb Telescope. The technique was not available on earth until FLARE, Labsphere said.

“The ASU location, students and outstanding staff afford Labsphere a very agile resource to conduct satellite testing and explore new technology avenues for FLARE,” said Chris Durell, director of business development for remote sensing at Labsphere.

He said capstone projects carried out by ASU students will support development of new mobile modalities and FLARE design extensions for expanding satellite testing tools and techniques.

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