Guidestar Optical Systems has focused its efforts on developing components and systems that are high-speed, compact, lightweight, rugged, and user friendly. We have designed and developed advanced optical solutions and systems for multiple applications, including:
High-Energy Laser Weapons
High-energy laser weapons bring the promise of speed of light defense with a low cost per shot as compared to conventional weapons; however, the effectiveness of the laser weapon in terms of kill range or kill time is degraded as the wavefront error increases. The application of an adaptive optics systems enables the laser weapon to achieve its potential on the battlefield.
High energy laser systems typically need two types of adaptive optics systems, one for the fixing the internal wavefront error due to heat generation and one to correct for the atmospheric distortions encountered in propagation to the target. Recent defense studies have identified directed energy laser weapons as part of the recommended solutions for both precision strike and area defense scenarios.
The US Army and US Navy have commissioned these studies, and they specifically call for the development of adaptive optics systems to enable the weapons to meet the effective kill range requirements. Guidestar is well positioned to provide advanced beam control and adaptive optics solutions to both the US Army and US Navy led high energy laser weapon development programs.
Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)
Imaging technology is a growing market where innovative approaches to improving resolution, image quality, or image storage requirements can open new markets to Guidestar Optical Systems. With the increased reliance on remotely piloted aircrafts (RPAs) to provide forward intelligence and projection of firepower, the requirements on long-range, high quality imaging will only increase and the market expand.
Additionally, adaptive optics can improve the ability of ground-based telescopes to surveil space-based assets. This includes observing US assets for threat assessments as well as tracking non-US, possibly hostile, assets. By improving performance of this ISR capability, we can protect battlespace on the ultimate high ground.
For commercial assets on-orbit, adaptive optics improve this type of observation capability so a satellite operator can monitor assets and diagnose operational issues that could be caused by misconfigured spacecraft, for example where a solar panel or antenna did not deploy properly.