Trex Enterprises is a leader in adaptive optics and has demonstrated numerous successful missions for the U.S. government since the early 1980's. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Trex built three generations of segmented adaptive optics for short wavelength directed energy applications. Our work included deployment of the first and only adaptive optic with a 512 segmented mirror array. Beginning in the 90s, we developed novel applications of adaptive optics in a wide array of programs. Today, we support the U.S. Navy/U.S. Air Forces' Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) Telescope. The telescope is located atop Mount Haleakala on Maui. The AEOS project is part of the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS).
Adaptive optics systems rapidly change the shape of primary reflecting mirrors to adjust for distortions of light that prevent the presentation of clear images. In astronomy, for example, adaptive optics systems compensate for distortions of stellar images caused by atmospheric turbulence.
Our success has led to the spin-out of two venture-funded companies applying adaptive optics based technology to commercial markets:
- Vision assessment and improvement, Ophthonix, Inc.
- Photonic fiber optic switching, CrossFiber, Inc.