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Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficient Reflectors (SIMPLER)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67414
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-018-1800
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficient Reflectors (SIMPLER)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-05-C-0026
Award Amount: $682,652.00
 

Abstract:

The Air Force has a pressing need for large, structurally efficient reflectors for both radar and high bandwidth communication. Because launch volumes are limited, the large aperture must be volume efficient as well. To meet the stated needs of future DoD missions, the reflectors must be very precise as well as large in diameter relative to its stowed volume. The proposed program will combine hierarchical layers of ultra-efficient deployable hexagonal and isogrid structures with thin reflecting membranes to form large reflectors with the precise surfaces required for high frequency applications. The varying levels of hierarchy allow the technology to be applied to a range of systems from micro-satellites to very large antennae, always providing high structural and packaging efficiency. The FMI team will develop the Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficiency Reflectors (SIMPLER) system through a careful plan of design, modeling, prototype manufacture, and testing. Complete development of this technology will provide the DoD with a micro-satellite reflector system that will enable better, lighter, and less expensive antennae deployed from smaller packaged volumes. The micro-satellite prototype performance will be extrapolated to that of much larger systems. (P-050063)

Principal Investigator:

Peter A. Warren
Division Manager
7816844368
pwarren@foster-miller.com

Business Contact:

Richard M. Wiesman
Executive Vice President
7816844242
sdorsey@foster-miller.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.(FORMERLY FOSTER-
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 042212281
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No