Italian company and top academic and research institutions work together To pave the way with new astronomical research and design highly advanced products
Sarcedo (VI) – Officina Stellare remains at the forefront of research and innovation in the engineering and manufacture of telescopes.
The past few months have seen the collaboration of Officina Stellare with some of the leading universities in the field of astronomical research. In fact, two ambitious projects, conceived by Officina Stellare and, respectively, the University of Padova and the University of Verona, were assigned two research fellowships sponsored by European funds.
“We’re very proud of this achievement,” said Giovanni Dal Lago, Vice President, Chief of R&D, at Officina Stellare. “It’s a confirmation of our primary focus – innovation above all. We’re very excited to work together with two of the best Italian universities to pioneer new fields and design innovative products.”
The research fellowship won by the University of Padova will explore the study and monitoring of the earth’s surface for environmental purposes and design a micro-satellite for the environmental monitoring of the space, which belongs to a new category of satellites recently introduced in the market – Cubesat. For this project – called MISAS (MIcrosatellite per la Sorveglianza Ambientale dallo Spazio) – Officina Stellare will develop a Cubesat satellite for the analysis of images both in the visible and infrared spectrum by designing and producing two dedicated optical channels miniaturized with scientific performance. Positive outcomes include, but are not limited to, the possibility to monitor large areas of land in order to identify its non-authorized exploitations, as well as monitor landslides and flooding, which will result in considerable benefits for the public safety.
Furthermore, the research fellowship won by the University of Verona will focus on the adaptive optics technology, which compensates for the interferences on the images caused by the atmospheric turbulence through the use of deformable optics. Therefore, this project is aimed at the realization of a High-resolution Adaptive Optics Telescope (HAOT). Up until now, this technology has been used only for large telescopes in scientific studies, and this project aims to leverage the technology for smaller telescopes intended for amateurs. With the collaboration of another research institute – the CNR-IFN, focused on photonics and nanotechnologies – the University of Verona and Officina Stellare will then conduct multidisciplinary research to develop a planetary imaging system with adaptive optics for small- and medium-scale telescopes.
Finally, Officina Stellare has also successfully submitted a proposal to ACTPHAST (Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion Solutions and Technology Support) – a center supporting photonics innovation by European companies, funded by the European commission and made up of 23 research institutes from all over Europe. Officina Stellare’s IWFC project (Integrated Wide-field Fast Camera) involves the design and development of a CCD camera based on an array of four sensors build 2x2, equipped with an electronic platform and an electromagnetic shutter, and a cooled unit to reduce thermal noise. The project also includes the realization of an optical system composed of a combination of lenses and prisms to avoid the dark zones.
These trailblazing projects prove Officina Stellare’s commitment to innovation, and multi-sector partnerships with some of the best academic and research institutes in Italy and Europe are a further confirmation of the scientific excellence promoted by the company.