Hypersonic Alumina Infrared Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: N68936-08-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N043-234-0894
Amount: $749,902.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-234
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
P. O. Box 278, Hopkinton, MA, 01748
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Parish
 Technical Director
 (508) 460-0300
Business Contact
 Marina Pascucci
Title: President
Phone: (508) 460-0300
Email: mpascucci@ceranova.com
Research Institution
Future heat seeking missiles require infrared dome shapes that reduce drag and have greater thermal shock resistance. Infrared domes currently have a hemispheric shape because this shape introduces minimal optical distortion and is easier to fabricate. With a more aerodynamic dome, drag is reduced and aerothermal heating is reduced allowing a combination of increased speed, range, and payload. CeraNova will produce a polished, optically figured, ogive-shape, infrared-transmitting dome of polycrystalline alumina for US Naval applications using a combination of proprietary near-net forming, deep concave surface grinding and polishing, and unique metrology technologies.

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