Quartus’ work on remote sensing instruments spans numerous industries and operational environments, including many systems that must survive launch loads and operate in airborne and spaceborne environments.


Complete System Development

  • Requirements definition, systems engineering
  • Design, analyze, build, and test

Ground, Airborne, and Spaceborne

  • Ground based systems and demonstrators
  • Airborne deployed and test systems
  • SmallSat and CubeSat systems
  • LEO and GEO instruments

Active and Passive Remote Sensing

  • Opto-mechanical development
  • Optical design (sequential and non-sequential)
  • 1 ns class laser diode drivers
  • Electronics and controls
Airborne based LIDAR image

"Quartus enthusiastically tackles problems as they occur. They even found errors made by former analysts! Overall, it was great to work with them.”

Charles Baker, LROC Thermal Director, NASA GSFC




CubeSat representative model


SAGE IV Pathfinder afocal
expansion telescope




NASA SBIR Phase I & II - STOP Analysis Validation

Quartus is working to accelerate the development of custom optical payloads with STOP analysis model validation

  • Based on the SAGE IV Pathfinder telescope, validation will be used across projects going forward
  • SAGE IV Instrument fits inside a 6U LEO CubeSat
  • FOV: 1 degree (60 arcmin)
  • Aperture: 42 mm clear aperture
  • Stray light rejection: < 1.0E-4 PSNIT at 0.5° outside the FOV
  • Reflective system is near diffraction limited
  • Validation of models done beyond one program's use case, allow for low-risk extrapolation of designs/models for new instruments

​Design paradigm can be leveraged on new optical instruments with various architectural changes, such as:

  • Key parameters (aperture, FOV, filters, detectors, etc…)
  • Reduction of complexity (reduce complex stray light suppression, use only back end as a proven 4° FOV TMA, etc...)
  • Use developed mounting method for alternate optical component (include refractive elements, gratings, etc...)
  • With early engagement, new science instruments could jump from concept to flight rapidly