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THERMO TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM NAVY TO COMPLETE ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

 THERMO TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM NAVY TO COMPLETE
 ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM
 SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation (AMEX: TKN) has received $1 million, part of a $4.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research, to continue development of an advanced optics system, which corrects image distortion of objects in space caused by turbulence in the atmosphere.
 Thermo Electron Technologies will use the funding to finish developing and building adaptive optics hardware and to begin atmospheric testing once the system is completed. The system, which includes a computer-controlled segmented, deformable mirror that measures and corrects for atmospheric turbulence 1,000 times a second, will enable the Navy to image space objects.
 "The adaptive optics system that we have designed for the Navy also has applications for astronomical observatories," said Ken Tang, senior vice president of Thermo Electron Technologies. "Our deformable mirror technology is currently being used to improve the clarity of images captured by the University of Arizona's Multiple Mirror Telescope, and several other observatories and government laboratories have expressed interest in using our equipment on their telescopes."
 Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation develops advanced technology in electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems, signal processing, materials technology, lasers, and direct-energy conversion. Currently, the company is developing several commercial products, including a sonic CT (computerized tomography) system for real-time imaging of soft tissues and internal organs, a passive microwave camera that would enable pilots to "see" through fog and clouds, and a wind-shear detector that would provide pilots with advance warning of wind shears. Thermo Electron Technologies Corporation is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
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