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Design a product using the technology described in the ESA patent
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Optical device for mapping a curved image field (EP2410358A1)


Simple lenses have a curved plane of focus; when projected onto a flat surface, the edges of the image appear out of focus while the centre is focused clearly, which is referred to as image degradation.
Regarding space applications, reducing this image degradation can be beneficial for spectrometers and phased array optical telescopes.
To address this degradation, ESA has patented a technology which reduces the cost and weight compared with similar solutions. The technology works by pixelating the image at the focal plane where it's sharper, and then it guides the image to specific elements on the detector.


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