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Nickel-Syntactic Hybrid Mirrors

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76759
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
040042
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Nickel-Syntactic Hybrid Mirrors
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG05CA94C
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Astronomers strive to see farther and farther into the cosmos. These increased observation distances will gain access to a wealth of information that will enable a better understanding of the universe, and the origins of Earth. To gain these distances larger aperture telescopes are required. Current materials and fabrication processes for space-based mirrors have serious drawbacks that severely limit the size and therefore the performance of optical systems for imagery. These drawbacks fall primarily into the areas of mass properties, structural properties, thermal properties, and fabrication costs. Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposes to develop a composite material system that will address the drawbacks of conventional materials and fabrication processes for space-based mirrors. This novel composite system will integrate syntactic materials (see background Section 2.4) with electroformed nickel foils to achieve a balance of mass, structural, thermal, and optical properties that dramatically advances the state-of-the-art for space-based mirrors. The composite material will also enable fabrication techniques that are faster and cheaper than current practices.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen D. Vining
Principal Investigator
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 Road Dayton, OH 45440

EIN/Tax ID: 311517769
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
2154 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
Contact: Susan Ross
Contact Phone: (847) 491-3003
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university