Precision Hinge Actuator for Advanced Telescope Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07QA64P
Agency Tracking Number: 066590
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026-2782
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Robert Taylor
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 664-0394
 robert.taylor@ctd-materials.com
Business Contact
 Lori Pike
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Email: lori@ctd-materials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CTD proposes to investigate the deployment repeatability and microdynamic stability of a hinge and demonstration this repeatability in a deployable mirror test article, which incorporates the proposed precision self-locking hinge actuator. If successful, the proposed device will be substantially lighter, simpler, more robust, and more easily controlled than other state-of-the-art actuators for deployment of optical systems. More importantly, the proposed device has the potential of dramatically reducing or eliminating post-deployed microdynamic response, by eliminating mechanical latches. During Phase I, CTD and the University of Colorado (CU) will demonstrate the feasibility of the high-precision, self-locking, linear actuator through testing of a prototype actuator on an existing deployable optics testbed structure at CU. In Phase II, CTD and its partners will develop and test a self-locking linear actuator for application to a flight program of interest to NASA (e.g., Single Aperture Far-IR (SAFIR) telescope).

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