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Adaptive Optics, The Military, TMT and the Correlation

Andrew Cooper and Aaron Stene are absolutely positive that the work being done with the Telescopes up on Mauna Kea have no military connection.  I believe the following article dispells that myth and shows that there is a direct link to Adaptive Optics, the Military and the TMT.

I might be grasping for straws, but I want to be assured that the TMT is not going to be used for ANY Research or Development for Military purposes.  Neither Andrew or Aaron or anyone else for that matter has been able to show me that the TMT won’t be used for Military purposes.

…The innovative iris authentication solution from AOptix can automatically find and accurately identify a subject’s iris at a stand-off distance of 2meters from the system. The system uses the principles of adaptive optics, which were initially used in astronomy for real-time correction of optical abnormalities resulting from atmospheric disturbances.

Increasing terrorist threats and security infringements over the past few years have highlighted the need for better border management solutions,challenging the security industry and government authorities to develop and implement customized solutions that will effectively identify and screen cross border travelers,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Deepa Rangarajan.”Assessment must happen quickly and unobtrusively to avoid bottlenecks, and AOptix’s stand-off recognition technology — effectively “iris at a distance”– provides an ideal solution…”

AOptix Technologies was formed in 2000 by a group of scientists from the Center for Adaptive Optics at the University of Hawaii who have years of technical expertise in the field of adaptive optics. The company applies adaptive optics technology to the fields of Free Space Optical Communications and biometric identification. It is involved in developing advanced optical solutions to serve the needs of both government and commercial sectors. The company holds several patents in the field of adaptive optics, with further innovations that are patent pending.

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6 Responses

  1. Dude, we’re not that smarter than anyone else – personally I have trouble tying my own shoelaces. Many of us are just good at this one thing, and think it’s pretty cool, so that’s why we want to keep doing it :-)

    If everybody gives each other space, there’s space for everybody. Even on a mountaintop.

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