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Company Information:

Company Name:
Xinetics, Inc.
Address:
115 Jackson Road
Devens, MA 01434-4027
Phone:
(978) 772-0352
URL:
N/A
EIN:
43217492
DUNS:
N/A
Number of Employees:
79
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,240,973.00 35
SBIR Phase II $15,186,294.00 19

Award List:

Adaptively Pumped VLA Coated Silicon High Energy Laser Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$52,386.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey
Abstract:
Historically, the full aperture of a high energy laser mirror has been liquid cooled with enough coolant to handle the peak absorbed thermal flux load over the entire mirror. Previous high energy laser mirrors considered only highly conductive materials and cooling schemes which minimized thermal… More

Low-Cost Deformable Mirror & Photonic Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$59,861.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey
Abstract:
The major objective of the Phase I effort is to reduce the per channel cost of the deformable mirror from $1000 to $125. This is done by making a monolithic multilayer actuator module instead of discrete actuator stacks. Individual actuators are cored from an electroceramic block with all electrical… More

Ultra-Lightweight "Meter" Class Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$60,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey
Abstract:
This program will provide meter class CERAFORM (TM) Silicon Carbide mirrors with an areal density of < 2 kg/mm2 for use in space based laser and surveillance systems. Providing larger, stiffer structures, CERAFORM (TM) SiC provides optical, structural and thermal properties which exceed that of the… More

Large, Low-Temperature Silicon Carbide Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$59,407.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
John Wellman , VICE PRESIDENT
Abstract:
N/a

High Actuator Density Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,166.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas R. Price , PRINCIPAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Abstract:
N/a

Low Temperature Deformable Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,678.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Abstract:
N/a

Deformable Mirror Multiplexer Driver Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,352.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

Large, Low-Temperature Silicon Carbide Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$596,691.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
John Wellman , VICE PRESIDENT
Abstract:
N/a

High Actuator Density Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$587,315.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas R. Price , PRINCIPAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Abstract:
N/a

Low Temperature Deformable Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$592,850.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$527,972.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

Ultra High-Density Deformable Mirror for Large Telescopes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$67,156.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey, President
Abstract:
NASA¿s Origin Program strategic plans call for direct imaging optical telescopes to evolve from 8 to 30 to 100 meter apertures by 2025. Indirect measurements using long baseline interferometers require Angstrom level precision for long durations. High data rate communications for spatial… More

Ferroelectric MEMS Integrated Deformable Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,339.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roger Bagwell, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
The cryogenic and ambient telescopes proposed by NASA have one thing in common; imaging extra-solar planets demand large deformable mirrors (>10,000 channels) to achieve the high-resolution imaging. The system does not need high-speed and large strokes but will require a large channel count in the… More

Integrated Large Scale Zonal Meniscus

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,399.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roland Plante, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
We propose the Integrated Large-Aperture Zonal Meniscus as an evolutionary advance that will form the basis for our revolutionary Photonex Telescope vision. It features a continuous meniscus mirror with integrated zonal actuation intended for space-based, large mirror applications where weight,… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal High Density Actuator Deformable Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen Mulvihill, Staff Research Scientist
Abstract:
Conventional adaptive optics systems employed to compensate wavefront errors introduced by atmospheric index of refraction variations are limited to correcting relatively small turbulence errors due to the physical limitations of the corrective devicesavailable. A high density deformable mirror… More

Single Crystal, High Gain Bandwidth Deformable Mirror for Tactical AO Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Maureen L. Mulvihill, Staff Research Scientist
Abstract:
Compensation of thermal blooming and high scintillation affects requires simultaneous large amplitude and large bandwidth operation or high gain bandwidth. Present deformable mirror technology, provides 3 to 4 microns stroke with a full amplitude bandwidthapproaching 500-Hz. It has been a design… More

Single Crystal, High Gain Bandwidth Deformable Mirror for Tactical AO Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$374,975.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Maureen L. Mulvihill, Staff Research Scientist
Abstract:
Compensation of thermal blooming and high scintillation affects requires simultaneous large amplitude and large bandwidth operation or high gain bandwidth. Present deformable mirror technology, provides 3 to 4 microns stroke with a full amplitude bandwidthapproaching 500-Hz. It has been a design… More

Integrated Large Scale Zonal Meniscus

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roland Plante, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
We propose the Integrated Large-Aperture Zonal Meniscus as an evolutionary advance that will form the basis for our revolutionary Photonex Telescope vision. It features a continuous meniscus mirror with integrated zonal actuation intended for space-based, large mirror applications where weight,… More

Integrated Large Scale Zonal Meniscus

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,848.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roland Plante, Staff Scientist
Abstract:
We propose the Integrated Large-Aperture Zonal Meniscus as an evolutionary advance that will form the basis for our revolutionary Photonex Telescope vision. It features a continuous meniscus mirror with integrated zonal actuation intended for space-based, large mirror applications where weight,… More

Ultra High-Density Deformable Mirror for Large Telescopes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,997.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey, President
Abstract:
NASA¿s Origin Program strategic plans call for direct imaging optical telescopes to evolve from 8 to 30 to 100 meter apertures by 2025. Indirect measurements using long baseline interferometers require Angstrom level precision for long durations. High data rate communications for spatial… More

Advanced Materials for Lightweight Space-Based Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,780.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jerry Weaver, Director SiC Programs
Abstract:
"This program will provide meter class CERAFORM Silicon Carbide mirrors with an areal density of < 2 kg/mm2 for use in space based laser and surveillance systems. Providing larger, stiffer structures, CERAFORM SiC provides optical, structural and thermalproperties which exceed that of the glasses… More

Large Scale Integrated Meniscus Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,585.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Harry Simmons, Advanced Systems Manager
Abstract:
"The proposed Phase I SBIR will develop and demonstrate an innovative approach to making 1.3-meter mirrors having an areal density

High Gain Bandwidth Relay Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,777.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Price, Director of Programs
Abstract:
"Current plans for high-power defense systems such as ABL and SBL, require adaptive mirrors that can handle high-power requirements, correct wavefront errors, and perform precise pointing and tracking. Normally separate devices that increase the complexityof the beam train handle these functions. … More

High Gain Bandwidth Deformable Mirror for High Energy Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$67,383.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Price, Director of Programs
Abstract:
Compensation of thermal blooming and high scintillation affects requires simultaneous large amplitude and large bandwidth operation or high gain bandwidth. Present deformable mirror technology, provides 3 to 4 microns stroke with a full amplitude bandwidthapproaching 500-Hz. It has been a design… More

Ultra High-Density Deformable Mirror for Large Telescopes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Ealey, President
Abstract:
NASA¿s Origin Program strategic plans call for direct imaging optical telescopes to evolve from 8 to 30 to 100 meter apertures by 2025. Indirect measurements using long baseline interferometers require Angstrom level precision for long durations. High data rate communications for spatial… More

Low-Noise High-Resolution Vacuum Compatible Multiplexed DM Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$597,350.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Eugene Kreda, Electrical Engineer
Abstract:
The multiplexer electronics represent a true breakthrough in adaptive-optics technology. Xinetics has developed the multiplexer system to take advantage of the properties of the PMN actuators. The high dielectric constant of PMN actuatorsmeans that any charge placed on an actuator remains there… More

Low-Noise High-Resolution Vacuum Compatible Multiplexed DM Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,927.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Eugene Kreda, Electrical Engineer
Abstract:
The multiplexer electronics represent a true breakthrough in adaptive-optics technology. Xinetics has developed the multiplexer system to take advantage of the properties of the PMN actuators. The high dielectric constant of PMN actuatorsmeans that any charge placed on an actuator remains there… More

ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT HYBRID MIRROR FOR SPACE BASED APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,823.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Weaver, Director of Strategic Pla
Abstract:
The space surveillance community needs lightweight, large aperture optical systems that can be quickly adapted to new or changing requirements - agile response. Large aperture systems require large, very precise, very stable, ground testable opticalsurfaces. Current technologies provide these… More

Large Scale Integrated Meniscus Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$728,388.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Harry Simmons, Principle Engineer
Abstract:
Compensation of atmospheric and other deleterious thermal and vibration induced affects in an optical system can be achieved by using mirrors with active control. It has been demonstrated that active mirror control can enable performance near thediffraction limit. To date such results are limited to… More

High Gain Bandwidth Deformable Mirror for High Energy Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$745,746.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Price, Director of Programs
Abstract:
When dealing with a standard problem of atmospheric compensation using adaptive-optics, classic analysis shows that phase variance falls sharply with increasing temporal frequency. This is just a matter of the statistics of turbulence. However, todaythere are many scenarios where this basic… More

Deformable Mirror (DM) Electronics Miniaturization

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,989.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Gene Kreda, Principal Electrical Engi
Abstract:
The next generation of deformable mirror (DM) systems designed for airborne applications must be smaller, lighter and consume less power to be useful. Efforts to increase the flexibility of these systems are focused on redesigning the driver and controlelectronics. The technology that will permit… More

Low-Areal Density Meniscus Telescope Primary

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,952.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Roland Plante, Staff Engineer
Abstract:
The space surveillance community needs lightweight, large aperture optical systems that can be quickly adapted to new or changing requirements - agile response. Large aperture systems require large, very precise, very stable, ground testable opticalsurfaces. Current State of the Art primary mirror… More

Agile Textured Precision High Force Actuators for Mirror Shape Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,932.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen L. Mulvihill, Staff Research Scientist
Abstract:
The directed energy community needs lightweight, low power deformable mirrors that can be quickly adapted to new or changing requirements - agile response. The actuator is the key element to making this happen. Current actuator technology provides thesequalities with a highly labor intensive… More

Integrated Zonal Meniscus Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$4,024,384.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Plante, Advanced Systems Manager
Abstract:
The Proposed Phase II SBIR will develop and demonstrate an innovative approach to produce ultra-lightweight, active, segmented primary mirrors for beam directors and imaging telescopes. Named the Integrated Zonal Meniscus Mirror, it combines thedesireable materials properties of a silicon carbide… More

Integrated Zonal Meniscus Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Plante, Advanced Systems Manager
Abstract:
The Proposed Phase II SBIR will develop and demonstrate an innovative approach to produce ultra-lightweight, active, segmented primary mirrors for beam directors and imaging telescopes. Named the Integrated Zonal Meniscus Mirror, it combines thedesireable materials properties of a silicon carbide… More

Lightweight Active Nanolaminate Mirror with Wireless Shape Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,413.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen Mulvihill, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
For future NASA Cosmic Journey missions to study the Structure and Evolution of the Universe, telescope mirror apertures from 10 to 100m are desired. To achieve the large apertures, standard telescope designs containing heavy optical components that are time consuming and expensive to fabricate are… More

Lightweight High Spatial Frequency Active Mirror Using E Beam Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,176.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Roche, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
NASA?s Structure and Evolution of the Universe program outlines several missions, such as Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) and the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), that will require the construction and deployment of arrays of telescopes, each potentially 100 to 1000m in diameter, dictating areal… More

High Actuated Primary Mirror to Enable Prime Focus Coronograph Telescope

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,839.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roland Plante, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Highly Actuated Primary Mirror is an evolutionary advance that will form the basis of coronagraphic telescopes such as the Terrestrial Planet Finder to direct image planets planets orbiting nearby stars. Used in a Prime Focus coronagraph, it completely eliminates optics between the Primary and… More

Agile Textured Precision High Force Actuators for Ultra High Bandwidth Ultra High Authority DMs

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$726,023.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen L. Mulvihill, Staff Research Scientist
Abstract:
This Phase II program intends to develop high strain, low volume and low mass cofired deformable mirror actuators for laser communications systems to realize longer path lengths, beam delivery systems to deliver the required power densities at longer path lengths and the reconnaissance systems to… More

Lightweight High Spatial Frequency Active Mirror Using E Beam Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$593,258.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Roche, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
NASA needs larger, lighter optics to achieve the objectives of understanding the Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU). Optics of 10-m class and beyond must be active to maintain sufficient optical figure. However, traditional deformable mirrors are too massive and complex to launch into… More

Lightweight Active Nanolaminate Mirror with Wireless Shape Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,829.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen Mulvihill, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, Xinetics proposes a 15 cm subscale and a 40 cm fullscale Lightweight Nanolaminate Active Mirror with Wireless Shape Control demonstrators to provide a road map for a 75 cm 1 kg/m2 Phase III First Article. The development of a wireless actuator technology is a critical… More

128x128 Ultra-High Density Optical Interconnect

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,655.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
John Wellman, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Future NASA programs like Tertiary Planet Finder (TPF) require high density deformable mirrors with upto 16,000 actuators to enable direct imaging of planets around distant stars. Xinetics has been developing high density module actuator arrays that will enable deformable mirrors to be fabricated… More

Ultra-Lightweight Cryogenic Active Mirror Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,577.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Maureen Mulvihill, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Xinetics is poised to support NASA in answering questions such as: When and how did the first stars form and what is the history of galaxy evolution and energy/element production in the universe? We will contribute by developing an Ultra-Lightweight Large Aperture Cryogenic Active Mirror (Ultra-CAM)… More

Highly Adaptive Primary Mirror Having Embedded Actuators, Sensors, and Neural Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,577.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Dave Pearson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The NASA Space Science Enterprise is studying various future missions to explore the Evolution of the Universe (SEU). For example, normal incidence telescopes with a primary optic of 40 m are being studied for deployment beyond geo-synchronous orbits (e.g. L2) and requiring operation to 4K. These… More

Development of novel high bandwidth beam steering mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,773.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
John Wellman, Director of Special Progr
Abstract:
A High Energy steering mirror capable of kilohertz response and submicroradian accuracy in a power efficient design using the combination of ultralightweight silicon carbide with compact XiWave actuators is proposed. Past designs of High-Energy Uncooled Fast steering mirrors trace their legacy to… More

128x128 Ultra-High Density Optical Interconnect

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,872.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Sheedy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Future NASA programs like Tertiary Planet Finder (TPF) require high-density deformable mirrors with up to 16,000 actuators to enable direct imaging of planets around distant stars. Xinetics has been developing high-density module actuator arrays that will enable deformable mirrors to be fabricated… More

Highly Adaptive Primary Mirror Having Embedded Actuators, Sensors, and Neural Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$594,993.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Sheedy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Xinetics has demonstrated the technology required to fabricate a self-compensating highly adaptive silicon carbide primary mirror system having embedded actuators, sensors, and neural control with an areal density less that 10Kg/m2. The system architecture complete with feedback sensors, and neural… More

Rapid Mirror Fabrication Using Agile Replication

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,988.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jerry Weaver, Dir. of Strategic Planning
Abstract:
Lightweight meter class aspheres had been limited to serial glass production prior to the advantages in cost, schedule, and production that were enabled using hybrid SiC and replicated nanolaminate technologies. The proposed program will extend the hybrid mirror advantages to all optical substrate… More

Rapid Mirror Fabrication Using Agile Replication

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$746,981.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Q. Weaver, Director, Engineered Mate
Abstract:
Significant investment has been made in infrastructure and know-how in many optical substrate materials. Depending upon the operational environment and system performance, those shown have been used successfully in one form or another. However, lightweight meter class aspheres for extreme… More

Integrated Wavefront Control

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,964.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Smith, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
NASA is expending a significant amount of effort to develop large imaging telescope systems to explore the Evolution of the Universe (SEU). Adaptive optics will play a large role in these efforts because of the need to produce high quality imaging with lightweight optical systems. Adaptive optics… More

Dual-Mode Deformable Mirror Solid State High Energy Laser Component

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,968.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Price, Director of Projects
Abstract:
One of the major challenges to achieving high power solid state laser is to produce the appropriate bean quality. Adaptive Optics (AO) technology has vital importance in the development of high energy laser weaponry. Xinetics proposes to develop an integrated dual-mode DM which is capable to… More

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) for Large Silicon Carbide (SiC) Optical Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$68,022.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Shoko Yoshikawa, Director, Business Development
Abstract:
It is increasingly apparent that silicon carbide (SiC) is one of the preferred next-generation mirror-substrate materials for space telescope applications because of its superior material properties and the relative ease with which it can be utilized to fabricate lightweight structures. However, to… More

Programmable Relaxor Open-Loop Mirrors Using Imaging Spatial Encoder (PROMISE)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,958.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Shoko G. Yoshikawa, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Future advanced telescopes require active mirror compensation without the complexity of real-time adaptive control. Current wavefront correctors, while dimensionally stable, require closed loop control using a wavefront sensor and complicated electronics to maintain mirror shape. For space based… More

Integrated Wavefront Corrector

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark A. Smith, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
One of the critical issues for NASA missions requiring high contrast astrophysical imaging such as Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) is wavefront control. Without use of appropriate adaptive optics technology, it is impossible to obtain high quality imaging. Normal adaptive optics systems utilize a… More