Precision Hinge Actuator for Advanced Telescope Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA64P
Agency Tracking Number:
066590
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161234687
Principal Investigator:
Robert Taylor
Principal Investigator
(303) 664-0394
robert.taylor@ctd-materials.com
Business Contact:
Lori Pike
Contracts Manager
(303) 664-0394
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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