Aerodynamic Infrared Dome
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Future high-speed missiles require aerodynamic infrared dome shapes that reduce drag and have greater ability to withstand aerothermal heating. Infrared domes currently have a hemispheric shape because this shape introduces minimal optical distortion and is easy to fabricate. By exchanging a conventional hemispheric dome for a pointed dome, drag is reduced and aerothermal heating is reduced allowing a combination of increase speed, range, and payload. CeraNova will produce a polished, optically figured, ogive-shape, infrared-transmitting dome of polycrystalline alumina for US Naval applications using a combination of proprietary near-net forming, deep concave surface grinding and polishing, and unique metrology technologies.
Small Business Information at Submission:
P. O. Box 278 Hopkinton, MA 01748
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