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Space Science

We are involved in a number of research areas in Space Science. This includes the manufacture of freeform optics which enable light weight telescopes for satellites, free space optical communications enabling high bandwidth communications from ground stations to satellites and inter-satellite links, satellite surveys to enhance space situational awareness, and a multi-disciplinary interest in space sustainability.

Freeform optics

Freeform optics are optical elements with no particular axis of rotation or symmetry.
diamond machining

Space Surveillance and Tracking

Passive optical monitoring of the space environment
photo of Durham's space surveillance monitor

Space Sustainability

Combining applications, technology, business and governance
Star trail with satellite over telescope