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July 3rd, 2014


Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced the successful delivery of a precision optical system which will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) via a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle in mid-September 2014. The optical system is part of the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Mounted externally on the space station’s Japanese Experiment Module, CATS uses a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system to measure the location, composition and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, aerosols and other particulates that impact global climate. With these measurements, scientists can improve our understanding of climate feedback mechanisms and energy balance on a global scale. The MAC optical system is based on a Fabry-Perot interferometer, one in a long line of atmospheric measurement instruments created for use in harsh environments.

More Information on the CATS instrument.

More information on the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon delivery vehicle.

About Michigan Aerospace Corporation

Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) is an advanced engineering and products company that provides innovative remote sensing, intelligent systems and software solutions for space, air, and earth-bound applications. Our roots are in developing atmospheric measurement systems for aerospace customers, but we are also applying these same technologies and expertise to solving problems closer to home, including clean energy, water management, and early stage disease detection. Michigan Aerospace is part of the Springmatter commercialization umbrella, providing assistance to innovators and companies that need a little help bringing their concepts to life. Michigan Aerospace is a spin-off from the University of Michigan. R&D for our world and beyond.

Springmatter is an umbrella organization offering a broad array of technology development and business support services. We combine technical knowledge with wide-ranging operational capabilities, allowing you to focus your time on what is important to you. At Springmatter, we recognize that not all companies are on the same growth path. We provide different options to assist you, depending on your goals and timeline. Our approach is to leverage the Springmatter umbrella organizations to assist you with R&D, product development, low-rate initial production, and fundraising, customized for your needs. We have a winning track record of taking complex, innovative ideas and making them a reality. Organic. Sustainable. Meaningful.

OptoAtmospherics Inc. (www.OptoAtmospherics.com), is dedicated to marketing and manufacturing atmospheric measurement products for wind energy applications (e.g., improved efficiency and performance of wind turbines, site assessment, forecasting, and grid management). OptoAtmospherics has raised over $5M in venture capital and is in the process of building field demonstration units.

I2mp, LLC, “Ideas to Manufactured Products,” is a 2013 MAC spinoff company that provides access to manufacturing engineering and low-volume production capability. A lower cost infrastructure set up specifically for manufacturing allows us to work with companies to provide low-rate initial production at competitive price points. Our skilled workforce can be leveraged to refine prototypes and manufacturing processes while building a company’s first units.

Tinkering, LLC is a 2013 MAC spinoff company that applies advanced machine learning techniques to help customers make better decisions on multivariate data sources. Using a Bayesian Network approach and intuitive graphical interface, customers can utilize Tinkering through a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service, or as an embedded solution in their product.

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