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Self-Locking Linear Actuator for Precision Deployment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
64313
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0139
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026-3359
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Self-Locking Linear Actuator for Precision Deployment
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ00603C0076
Award Amount: $69,796.00
 

Abstract:

Future Space-Based Laser (SBL) weapons and high-resolution imaging systems will incorporate large, deployable reflectors that must efficiently package for launch. However, the use of deployment mechanisms can severely affect the dimensional stability ofthese structures. Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) proposes to develop and demonstrate an innovative, lightweight, high-precision, self-locking actuator for deployable optical systems, which incorporates CTD's Elastic Memory Composite (EMC)material. The key feature of the proposed concept is an EMC hinge/actuator, which is mechanically simple, highly reliable, and highly damped during actuation, to provide a high-precision, repeatable deployment motion and locking. All future deployableoptical systems for military, scientific, and commercial applications must meet similar and extremely stringent pointing accuracy and jitter requirements. Furthermore, the active alignment control systems for these optics must compensate for similardynamic phenomena such as nonlinear microdynamics. The proposed program addresses the shortcomings of current precision deployment mechanisms with an innovative high-precision, self-locking actuator incorporating a

Principal Investigator:

Mark S. Lake
Chief Engineer
3036640394
mark@ctd-materials.com

Business Contact:

Naseem A. Munshi
President
3036640394
naseem@ctd-materials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841086947
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No