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Materion Precision Coatings Among Top Teams Selected to exhibit at AFWERX EngageSpace


Westford, Massachusetts – (September 15, 2020) – AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced Materion Precision Coatings as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a two-day virtual event on September 29-30.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

Located in Westford, MA, Materion Precision Coatings is competing in the DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs.

“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”

Materion Precision Coatings has developed specialized expertise in the design, manufacture and testing of high-performance beam splitters and multispectral filter arrays that reduces stray light, subsequently reducing ghosting and boosting signal-to-noise ratio, and ultimately improve image quality.

Materion’s filter arrays enhance system performance while reducing size and weight enabling our customers to miniaturize their systems and lower costs.  The combination of innovative optical filter manufacturing technology, along with precision microlithography and dicing capabilities, allows production of filter assemblies or patterned arrays with the following benefits: wide spectral range; capture more than one transmission band with a single optical element; produced to meet any size or weight limitation; very fine pitch; cryogenic or ambient operation; space qualified; and stray light reduction.

“Materion Precision Coatings has been providing precision optics for space-based instrumentation and imaging since the earliest space flights, supporting more than 100 flights over the past 40 years.  We are truly excited at this opportunity to collaborate with the Air Force on solutions to address optical challenges for our nation’s space-based assets,” said Materion President of Precision Coatings, Dr. Ian Tribick.

The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.

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Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies Electronic Materials to global markets. Our unique product portfolio includes high Performance Materials, beryllium products, clad metal strip, composite metals, ceramics, inorganic chemicals, microelectronics packaging materials, precision optics, thin film coatings and thin film deposition materials.


Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.

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