The technology is a unique imaging system featuring a metering structure surrounded by foldable members, with each member holding a reflector and made of a strain deployable composite.

Imaging systems form an integral part of several technologies, including photography, videography, medical imaging, and more. As the demand for superior and precise imaging resolution escalates, the need for advanced imaging systems has intensified. However, traditional imaging technologies are often limited in capabilities and often lack the degree of flexibility needed for high-precision tasks. One of the key problems with prevalent systems lies in the rigidity of their structures, reducing the flexibility of use and limiting the refinement in imaging. The absence of a sparse aperture in classical designs has curtailed the potential to capture detailed images, affecting the efficacy of the imaging process as a whole. Hence, there is a dire need for an improved and adaptable imaging system.

Technology Description

This imaging system uses a novel design that includes a metering structure surrounded by a plurality of foldable members. Each of these foldable members has an arm made of a strain deployable composite and houses a reflector. The arm is specifically engineered to control the proximity of the foldable member, both toward and away from the metering structure, thus allowing flexibility in operation. What sets this imaging system apart is its ability to form a sparse aperture when in second state. Thanks to the reflector within each foldable member, the aperture augments the potential of the system to capture refined imagery. This innovation opens the way for enhanced resolution and imaging capabilities, which outpace conventional imaging systems. The strain deployable composite further allows for easy and efficient manipulation of the imaging system, making the technology more practical and adaptable.


  • Enhanced imaging resolution from the sparse aperture
  • Increased flexibility because of the foldable members and strain deployable composite
  • Improved adaptability enabled by the two-state system
  • Versatility across various fields
  • Superior detailing in imagery provided by the integrated reflectors

Potential Use Cases

  • High-resolution photography in aerospace and satellite applications
  • Advanced medical imaging
  • Scientific research instrumentation, particularly in fields like astronomy or astrophysics
  • Quality checks in manufacturing industries using high-precision imaging
  • Security systems requiring detailed surveillance footage