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Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: A072-016-1209
Amount: $729,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-016
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-11-18
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Evans LaRoche
 Research Engineer
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution

Multimode seekers for missiles are becoming a reality with multiple technology development efforts underway across the services. Such seekers require protection from severe environments. The Joint Air to Ground Missile and the Small Diameter Bomb are two potential candidates for this technology. Proof-of-principle protective domes have been demonstrated for these seekers, but numerous technical and cost challenges remain in scaling the manufacturing processes to achieve desired production rates of 250/month. The amount of touch labor, reproducibility of the precursor materials, and repeatability of the processes are huge obstacles in the way of affordable manufacturing capabilities. The Optical Ceramics Division of Technology Assessment & Transfer (TA&T) will undertake to solve the aforementioned challenges. In the Phase I effort TA&T developed a cost effective process improvement plan for manufacturing transparent spinel domes at full scale production rates. The primary objective for Phase II is to implement the improved dome manufacturing processes and produce enough domes to demonstrate economies of scale. Exercising the process to the proposed degree will cause new opportunities for cost reduction to be revealed. Yields will be improved by identifying and eliminating sources of rejects.

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