Acucela Signs Agreement to Develop a Compact OCT for NASA's Deep Space Missions
by Staff Writers
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 19, 2019
Acucela Inc has signed an agreement with the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) to develop a compact OCT*1 device for NASA's Deep Space missions.
Approximately 63% of long-duration spaceflight crewmembers present with one or more signs of Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome (SANS), including optic disc edema, globe flattening, choroidal folds, cotton wool spots, and refractive shifts. OCT has become a mainstay of crew testing for SANS because it allows accurate measurement of retinal thickness and cross-sectional imagery of the retina and optic disc. This in combination with other tests provides the necessary data to diagnose, monitor, and eventually treat SANS.
The commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) OCT devices currently deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) are not suitable for Lunar, Martian and other expeditionary space travel. These commercial systems are complex, too large, not radiation hardened, and contain features that are not necessary for diagnosing and monitoring the anatomic effects of SANS.
By using a unique approach, we are able to create a solid-state OCT yielding high resolution imagery. The final flight-ready device will allow NASA to replace current COTS OCT devices with smaller, lighter, easier to use, durable and radiation hardened instruments that are practical for use in smaller spacecrafts, while providing required image quality from astronauts during flight.
Ryo Kubota, a visiting professor at Keio University School of Medicine, MD, PhD, and Chairman, President and CEO of Acucela stated, "I am very excited to be able to take part in NASA's efforts as a principal investigator with expeditionary space travel. Using our technology, we will endeavor to build a durable, hand-held OCT device for use during space flight, to help safeguard crewmembers' health."
CesiumAstro raises $12M to develop faster comms for aerospace platforms
Austin, TX (SPX) Mar 14, 2019
CesiumAstro, Inc., pioneer of "out-of-the-box" high-performance multi-beam active phased array communication systems for space and airborne platforms, has announced the closing of a $12.4 million Series A funding round led by Airbus Ventures. Additional investors in the round include Kleiner Perkins, Franklin Templeton Venture Fund, Lavrock Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, and Analog Devices Ventures. Funds will be used to scale the team and expand the development of a wide range of frequency offerin ... read more
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