LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orbital logistics and space mining leader TransAstra Corporation has partnered with commercial telescope manufacturer and optics industry leader Celestron to develop together unique, powerful, and cost-effective ground and space telescope systems that will allow them to be sold worldwide to commercial and government customers. The new products promise to advance the fields of space domain awareness and asteroid prospecting by dramatically improving the industry’s ability to locate and track faint moving objects in space at a fraction of the cost. of existing technology.
The agreement, signed earlier this month, allows Celestron, a trusted commercial brand, to expand its ground and space product offerings. For TransAstra, which develops advanced space technologies, the agreement provides highly affordable, high-quality optical equipment the company needs to advance key space awareness and asteroid prospecting projects.
The ground-based telescope system will be designed as a turnkey solution for customers including aerospace companies and government agencies. It will bring together the highly acclaimed, ready-to-use RASA from Celestron (Rowe – Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph) with TransAstra’s revolutionary OMFT (Optimized Matched Filter Tracking) software, allowing many small oscilloscopes to work together to function as a single unit, delivering unmatched power and cost-effectiveness.
TransAstra has proven that its patent-pending OMFT technology can enable telescopes to locate and track small, dark, high-speed objects, such as asteroids, satellites and orbital debris, in real time with force and precision. 100 times better than existing telescopes at a fraction of the cost. The software is at the heart of TransAstra’s Sutter Telescope System, which successfully completed its first round of field tests in July.
“With Celestron as a valued partner, we are able to develop a turnkey version of the Sutter telescopes,” said Joel C. Sercel, CEO of TransAstra. “By pairing our optimized match filter tracking system with a standard telescope that only costs a few thousand dollars, we can create a system powerful enough to track objects in deep space, rivaling telescopes that cost a lot of money, much more.”
The companies have also agreed to work together to build a space version of Celestron’s RASA telescopes equipped with TransAstra’s patent-pending OMFT software and qualified electronics for use in space. To be space qualified, parts of a telescope must be able to withstand the rigors of launching and operating in space for long periods of time. These rigors include radiation exposure, large temperature swings, and vibration and shock loads from launch.
“Celestron’s patented RASA optical design, with its large aperture, fast F/2.2 focal ratio, wide field of view and unprecedented value, is ideal for space situational awareness applications,” said Corey Lee. , CEO of Celestron. “As we designed and developed the RASA, we dreamed of one day putting these instruments in space. Through our exciting partnership with TransAstra, we look forward to making this dream a reality.
Space telescopes, unlike those in ground-based observatories, provide better visibility of deeper space because they avoid atmospheric distortion, light pollution and adverse weather conditions that reduce the visibility of traditional ground-based telescopes and can operate on eye sockets that allow better viewing angles for better visibility.
“By qualifying the RASA telescopes in space and equipping them with patent-pending TransAstra software and electronics, we will also be able to create the cornerstone for future, more complex iterations of the Sutter Space Telescope System,” Sercel said.
The new space-qualified telescope will be jointly marketed and sold.
Founded in 2017, TransAstra (TransAstra.com) is an American orbital logistics and space mining company that advances the industrialization and colonization of space through the sustainable and ethical development of critical space infrastructure technologies to dual use fueled by space and energy resources. of the sun. The LA-headquartered YCombinator 2021 alum has been granted 5 patents and has over 10 additional patents pending.
Celestron envisions a global community where astronomy is accessible to everyone. More than 60 years ago, Celestron founder Tom Johnson invented a method to mass-produce Schmidt’s corrective plate, making large telescopes available to hobbyists to explore the Universe. Since then, the California-based company has grown to become the world’s most recognized telescope brand and a major supplier of advanced optics for educational institutions and other professional applications. Its groundbreaking Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA), launched in 2014, revolutionized space surveillance, allowing private companies to track small objects from the ground for a fraction of the cost of previous technologies. To learn more about Celestron products and innovations, visit Celestron.com.
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