Research Instrument Design
Specialized multi-wavelength telescope systems, designed by CES for a military contractor client.
CES understands how to translate our clients' complex requirements into practical and fabricatable designs.
At left, prototype of a patented vial shaker, designed by CES for use in biomedical laboratory applications. Shake amplitude and speed can be closely adjusted - and there is zero vibration because the design is self-balancing.
A bench-mounted optical research system, designed by CES using a combination of COTS (commercial off the shelf) and fabricated components.
CES has extensive experience in sourcing and integrating COTS components which meet our clients' needs. This means that we can often avoid "reinventing" components - saving the time and money of our clients.
At far left, an early design by CES of a balloon-borne telescope for solar flare research, as depicted in our clients' SBIR Phase 1 proposal.
At left, a very specialized instrument system, designed by CES, for long-term observation of ozone levels. The cylindrical unit houses an Ebert double-monochrometer spectrograph and a Peltier-refrigerated photon counter tube.
CES has extensive experience in the design of PEM (proton-exchange membrane) fuel cell systems.
Shown at far left, a compact 32 cell PEMFC battery for spacecraft onboard power. We specified an aluminum-beryllium alloy for the end-plates to meet stringent weight and stiffness requirements.
At left, an early prototype of a ruggedized, fuel cell-based manportable power supply unit for military application.
To meet Army weight limits, we were challenged to make extensive use of plastic parts throughout. For this project, we pioneered the use of functional RP (rapid prototyping) to fabricate many of the components of this system.