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Low-Drag Infrared Dome

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
CeraNova Corporation
P. O. Box 278 Hopkinton, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Low-Drag Infrared Dome
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68936-12-C-0104
Award Amount: $149,929.00


Future high-speed missiles require aerodynamic infrared dome shapes that reduce drag and have greater ability to withstand aerothermal heating. Decreased drag enables a combination of increased speed, range, and payload. Previous Navy funded programs have addressed development of fabrication methods to grind and polish outer and inner surfaces of ogive domes to the required shape. However, an aerodynamic ogive dome of transparent ceramic material which meets the optical tolerances required for the Navy"s application has not yet been produced. This program will build upon previous efforts at CeraNova and will produce an optically precise ogive dome from polycrystalline alumina. To achieve the fabrication goals, unique tool designs and optimum abrasive combinations will be employed. Metrology measurements will be performed by vendors who are developing methods and capabilities to quantify root-mean square transmitted wavefront error.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Parish
Technical Director
(508) 460-0300

Business Contact:

Marina Pascucci
(508) 460-0300
Small Business Information at Submission:

CeraNova Corporation
P. O. Box 278 Hopkinton, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043257002
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No