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Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
58803
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0810
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410 Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-05-C-3034
Award Amount: $599,867.00
 

Abstract:

The Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) program will capture the principles of Design for Assembly (DFA) and apply them to the fabrication of precision optical systems. This will provide the Navy with the ability to design optical systems that can be assembled efficiently for much lower costs. We will use the DFA discipline of axiomatic design coupled with optical design equations to establish a mathematical underpinning for our designs. Another emphasis in our designs will be their scalability from doing prototype assembly to fully automated assembly without major changes. A key to achieving these objectives will be kinematic mounting. Kinematic mounting techniques can take a variety of forms. We will systematically explore the methods that are best suited for use in optical systems. Proper mounting for optical systems requires the alignment of the optics. We will focus on creating designs that are "decoupled", meaning the alignment of an element will not affect elements already aligned. The option in the SOMA Phase II program extends the optics DFA principles and production capability to include component and assembly automation. Our interest here is to use flexible, dual use, automated assembly lines to build defense systems.

Principal Investigator:

Joel D. Burcham
Senior Scientist
2569710036
burcham@aos-inc.com

Business Contact:

Charles A. Whitehead
Vice President
2569710036
whitehead@aos-inc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410 Huntsville, AL 35806

EIN/Tax ID: 630993088
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No