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Fabrication Technology for X-Ray Optics and Mandrels

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105401
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.05
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Flemming Tinker Inc.
23 Soobitsky Road Higganum, CT 06441-4476
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Fabrication Technology for X-Ray Optics and Mandrels
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CH30P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

NASA has a cross-project need for large format aspheric x-ray optics, which, demonstrate exceptionally low periodic surface errors. Available technologies to both measure and fabricate such surfaces are limited and have not been demonstrated to the precision required. The special requirements contemplated by future x-ray observatory missions include far off-axis hyperbolic and parabolic mirror segments used in nested Wolter Type-1 x-ray telescopes. Such mirrors are to be produced by replication on convex mandrels to meet aggressive manufacturing cost goals, however doing so will require breakthroughs in process, manufacturing and testing technologies.In 2008-9, Aperture Optical Sciences Inc. designed and built a unique custom cylindrical grinding and polishing machine and delivered this machine to a customer for the automated production of cylinder optics. The machine embodied a fundamental technology that could be applied toward the low-costproduction of x-ray optics mandrels including a fully scalable Â? large tool computer controlled platform and an algorithmic approach to figure correction using programmable motion and pressure control. Our proposed work would model the adaptation of this machine design and would model the technology and parametric machine controls required to produce full-aperture mirrors having low amplitude periods across the full power spectrum of interest.

Principal Investigator:

Kai Xin
Principal Investigator
5186183056
kxin@ftoptics.com

Business Contact:

Flemming Tinker
Business Official
8603162589
ftinker@ftoptics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Flemming Tinker Inc.
23 Soobitsky Road Higganum, CT 06441-4476

EIN/Tax ID: 273773767
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No