Enhanced Spinel Domes
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
The common missile is being developed for operation from a wide range of air, sea and ground platforms. Predicted production costs are driving much of the development direction at this time and spinel is the only durable, dual-band, electro-optical dome material capable of meeting these cost goals. Production approaches are therefore being pursued to establish a robust, low-cost fabrication technology to deliver spinel domes with excellent optical properties that require minimal finishing. This will be achieved by pressureless sintering near net-shape green spinel domes and careful ceramic processing. This proposal outlines the key technical hurdles to the success of this technology clearly identifying an approach to achieve technical readiness.
Small Business Information at Submission:
TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT & TRANSFER, INC.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD 21401
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