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Delaware State U. receives $5 million NASA grant for optics research
Date:9/30/2009

both the University's first Applied Optics Center in 1997 and later CREOSA in 2006.

The newly established research center will initiate research programs in Planetary Science, Space Communications & Navigation, and Astrobiology. The proposed projects will support the goals of NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, the Science Mission Directorate and the Space Operations Mission Directorate.

The projects will include the development of optical instrumentations for space operations infrastructure, such as space atomic clock and optical gyroscope, polarimetric laser detection and ranging, and an augmented reality visor interface for human-robot interactions and emergency medical support of astronauts.

"CAOSS will also be involved with Mars exploration through its research and development of the ChemCam Mars Rover LIBS instrument and a remotely-operated laser scanning confocal microscope for analysis of extraterrestrial environment," said Dr. Melikechi."

The center will collaborate with Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/NSSTC Astrobiology Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University, Juxtopia, Vassar College and the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation on various projects.


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