Metrology for Ogive Infrared Dome

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,540.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68936-07-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number:
N061-069-0332
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-069
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
BREAULT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
6400 E. Grant Road, Suite 350, Tucson, AZ, 85715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099378374
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Dubin
Sr. Optical Engineer
(520) 721-0500
mdubin@breault.com
Business Contact:
Mark Fink
Director of Eng. Services
(520) 721-0500
mfink@breault.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The economical fabrication of ogive missile domes is a key driver for the development of future missile systems. An essential, and unsolved, part of the fabrication process is the fast and accurate measurement of the transmitted-wavefront error of the ogive dome over its full aperture. In the proposal we describe the development of a prototype interferometer for solving this measurement problem. The interferometer that is proposed is insensitive to alignment yet provides measurements of the entire aperture in double-pass while stitching in only one direction. It is configured in a manner that is relatively insensitive to alignment of the dome to the instrument. The measurement data provided by this instrument is essential to providing feedback to a deterministic final figuring process such as magnetorheological based technology. The effort is divided into two major phases: an algorithm testbed and a prototype instrument. The testbed will be based mostly on catalog components to allow for rapid implementation so that software can be developed and tested quickly. After the testbed, a prototype system will be built that will allow for the full aperture measurement of tangent ogive domes.

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