Lockheed Martin will develop new material for optical devices using microbes

Development will be carried out over a five-year periodcontract with the US government, its amount will be $10 million. The goal of the project is to create new optical materials using microorganisms that will protect devices from ultraviolet rays and other interference and increase the accuracy of their operation.

Now biodesign, opened in the 1970s,used in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in the production of new durable materials - for example, a synthetic analogue of spider silk. Lockheed Martin plans to expand the scope of technology to the development of materials for optical devices, the company said.

Man cannot yet produce coatings forultra-precise optical instruments, so we decided to turn to nature for help. Using biological self-assembling materials could be a sustainable, low-cost way to produce new materials—more efficient than making them artificially. The maturity of biomaterials design technology is still low, but our five-year study will significantly advance the field.

Melissa Rhodes, senior scientist at Lockheed Martin

Earlier, geomicrobiologists from Cardiff University in the UK discovered perhaps the oldest traces of living organisms on Earth.