Business

June 3, 2013

Northrop Grumman, University of New Mexico partner for senior engineering design project

Northrop Grumman recently partnered with the University of New Mexico to sponsor an electrical and computer engineering senior design project.

The project, titled Adaptive Optics, had students model and write matrix laboratory code to perform adaptive optics correction, starting with the generation of a distorted wavefront and culminating with a corrected, undistorted image.

“Northrop Grumman is committed to supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] education. By working with schools across the nation, we’re able to mentor and help mold our country’s future engineers,” said Andy Kwas, engineering and technology manager, Northrop Grumman Technical Services. “This was exciting for both mentors and students. It provided students with hands-on experience while they supported programs such as the U.S. Air Force Starfire optical range and the Maui Space Surveillance Center telescopes.”

Students mentored by Northrop Grumman engineers spent eight months developing algorithms to correct distortions of the large mirror telescopes at the Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Maui Space Surveillance Center in Haleakala, Hawaii. These telescopes are used to observe dim objects in space from the ground. Conditions on Earth, such as gravity and atmospheric disturbances, can affect the telescope’s mirrors, degrading their precision and ability to focus.

“The electrical and computer engineering senior design class project allows our students to work with industry partners to design a project from conception to execution,” said Rich Compeau, an electrical and computer engineering instructor at the University of New Mexico. “Because adaptive optics and real-time programming are beyond the scope of our undergraduate curriculum, the students working on the adaptive optics team gained critical skills from working with Northrop Grumman that will aid them in having a successful career.”

Northrop Grumman also funded test configurations of mirrors and the high-power computing time needed for students to model the effect of the Earth’s conditions on the telescopes.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DOD photograph by Air Force MSgt. Adrian Cadiz

Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

DOD photograph by Air Force MSgt. Adrian Cadiz Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics during a speech at the National Full Scale Aerody...
 
 

U.S. Army awards CIRCM contract to Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Army Aug. 28 awarded Northrop Grumman a $35,372,762 cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price incentive, and firm-fixed-price hybrid contract with options for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure program. Work will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Land & Self Protection Systems Division facility in Rolling Me...
 
 

Northrop Grumman awarded position on Air Force training systems acquisition III contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a position on the Training Systems Acquisition III indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to support war fighter training systems at global U.S. Air Force operating locations. Twelve companies have been awarded positions on TSA III, which has a ceiling value of approximately $20.9 billion over 10 years, if...
 

 
Navy photograph

Raytheon and U.S. Navy collaborate to optimize minehunting sonar

Navy photograph The Remote Minehunting System and AN/AQS-20A Minehunting Sonar on USS Independence. Raytheon is working closely with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center — Division Newport to enhance the features of the comp...
 
 

Boston Engineering receives Air Force contract to advance UAV motor control capabilities

Boston Engineering today announced a $150,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance its UAV capabilities and to also reduce drone noise. Specifically, Boston Engineering will demonstrate an embedded motor control platform to accelerate U.S. Air Force UAV research and development initiatives. Embedded motor controllers underpin critical UAV operations including drone propulsion and sensors...
 
 

Boeing receives $1.49 billion contract for 13 P-8A Poseidon ircraft

Boeing will provide the first P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for Australia and additional P-8As for the U.S. Navy following a $1.49 billion contract award from the Navy for 13 aircraft. The order includes nine aircraft for the U.S. Navy and four Poseidon aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force, a long-time partner to the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>