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Optics for NASA’s LOLA Supplied by JENOPTIK Optical Systems and MEMS Optical

Sister companies JENOPTIK Optical Systems, Inc. (Jupiter, FL) and MEMS Optical (Huntsville, AL) both supplied collection optics for NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA).   LOLA is one of the payload instruments aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

Launched June 18, 2009, LOLA’s primary purpose is to provide a precise global lunar topographic model and geodetic grid to aid future missions in selection of landing and exploration sites.  LRO is also collecting data for it's sister mission LCROSS.

JENOPTIK Optical Systems fabricated and delivered aspheric telescope optics to Goddard Space Flight Center for the large collection telescope.

MEMS Optical delivered the diffractive beamsplitter.

LCROSS made headlines November 13th, 2009 when NASA announced data from the mission proves that water exists on the moon.  LRO, launched on the same rocket as LCROSS, continues to make passes over the impact site on the moon and collect data.

West Palm Beach, FL - Coastal Optical Systems, Inc. (COSI) announced Thursday that it has completed the purchase of its 19,200 square foot building. The building, in which Coastal has leased space since January, 1997, includes Coastal's offices, inspection labs, and the 9,100 square foot optical manufacturing shop.

The purchase of the building allows Coastal to continue its' expansion and permit it to execute plans to increase manufacturing capacity and add dedicated assembly laboratories.


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