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AKIMEKA, The Military, Adaptive Optics and the TMT

Yep… still grasping for straws:

Looking at some of the Partners involved with Adaptive Optic in this Center of Apdaptive Optics  Year 9 Annual Report (page 148) dated August 1, 2008.  We see #7 Akimeka, LLC. followed behind among other things, #2 Air Force Maui Optical and Super-Computing Site (AMOS)

And from page 11 of that same report:

…The funding issues raised in the Year 4 Site Visit were mostly put to rest the following year in which the CfAO reported “The ELT landscape in the U.S. has changed dramatically. The Caltech
CELT project, the AURA GSMT project, and the Canadian VLOT merged into a new Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. The TMT now has sufficient funding to begin design work.

The TMT will be using Adaptive Optics Technology I do believe?  I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

It’s very interesting that Akimeka, LLC just received a $95 Million Dollar Contract:

Akimeka Technologies has been awarded two federal contracts worth almost $95 million for information technology support services.

The Honolulu I.T. company was awarded a five-year, $80 million contract to service the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases in Maryland. Akimeka Technologies will work Clinical Research Management Inc., a Maryland company, on the contract…

…Akimeka Technologies is classified as a Native Hawaiian Organization, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This designation, which the company received in fall 2005, gives it an advantage in competing for military and other government contracts because there is no dollar limit to the contracts it can receive…

…The company is majority-owned by the Honolulu nonprofit Alakaina Foundation.

More Here

I also found some other tidbits on Akimeka:

Defense Works Helps Akimeka Technologies to Soar

I’m still probably grasping for straws. ;)

And I’ll categorize it as a “rumor” for now ;)

One Response

  1. It seems to me that the TMT is going to be using
    technology developed for the military for their telescope.

    I don’t see a problem with these dual use technologies.

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