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About Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security

The Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School consists of six state-of-the art laboratories:

  • FLTSATCOM Laboratory
  • Smart Structure and Attitude Control Laboratory
  • Spacecraft Design Center
  • NPS-AFRL Optical Relay Mirror Spacecraft Laboratory
  • Adaptive Optics Beam Control Laboratory
  • Segmented Mirror Telescope Laboratory

These laboratories are used for instruction and research in space system engineering and space operations curricula. The emphasis has been on providing students with hands-on experience in the design, analysis, and testing of space systems and systems and to provide students facilities for experimental research.  The emphasis in the research areas is on acquisition, tracking and pointing of flexible spacecraft with optical payloads; active vibration control, isolation, and suppression using smart structures; adaptive optics, beam control; space system design, and computer-aided design tools.  These laboratories have been used in joint projects with the Naval Satellite Operational Center, NRL, AFRL, ONR, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.