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Composite Replica Mirrors for Lightweight Space Optics

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
57595
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
021ML-0797
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road Dayton, OH 45440-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Composite Replica Mirrors for Lightweight Space Optics
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-03-C-5013
Award Amount: $749,218.00
 

Abstract:

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop a multi-component composite material system and replica mirror fabrication technology which will address the drawbacks of conventional materials and fabrication processes for space-based mirrors.Completing development of materials demonstrated feasible in Phase I, this project will demonstrate mature multi-component composite materials optimized for application in lightweight replica mirrors for space-based imaging systems. The resultingmaterials (both organic and inorganic composites) will provide major reduction in mirror areal density (compared with current operational mirrors) while achieving strength, stiffness, and thermal properties required for space applications. Completingdevelopment of fabrication technology demonstrated feasible in Phase I, this project also will implement an operationally relevant prototype demonstration of composite replica mirror production. In this revolutionary approach to mirror fabrication,composite replicas are cast from an optical quality master mold. This dramatically simplifies the mirror fabrication process, thereby enabling less expensive tooling than conventional practice for glass or metal mirrors. Further, in production lots ofidentical mirrors (e.g., for constellation spacecraft systems), the replication approach to fabrication will provide radical reduction in mirror costs by eliminating the lengthy, expensive grinding and polishing processes for individual units.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen D. Vining
Director, Government Prog
9373201877
viningsd@crgrp.net

Business Contact:

Patrick J. Hood
President
9373201877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd. Dayton, OH 45440

EIN/Tax ID: 311517769
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No