Low Cost Solid Surface Deployable Reflector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-08-M-0055
Agency Tracking Number: F073-101-0791
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF073-101
Solitcitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Duns: 161234687
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Taylor
 Principle Engineer
 (303) 664-0394
Business Contact
 Lori Pike
Title: Sr. Finance and Contracts Mananger
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Email: lori.pike@ctd-materials.com
Research Institution
Future Air Force satellites will require large aperture RF antennas for various missions in communications, signals intelligence, and Radar. At the same time, Operation Responsive Space (ORS) is striving to develop small satellite technology to provide flexibility and adaptability to meet new and evolving mission needs quickly. However, existing deployable antenna systems do not meet the cost requirements of ORS, therefore new deployable antenna systems with simple and elegant designs are required. The proposed technology is a thin, flexible, one-piece solid reflector that has a relatively simple deployable backing structure. These antennas will be low cost due to their inherent simplicity, and have the potential of operating at high frequencies because of the use of: 1) a solid reflective surface, and 2) CTD’s novel elastic memory composite materials in multi-functional components that provide substantial deployed stiffness, as well as deployment force and damping. However, achieving high-frequency capability will ultimately require the use of tuning adjustors (between the solid-surface deployable reflector shell and its backing structure) to correct for minor errors in the shape of the thin reflector shell. The proposed research will demonstrate the technical feasibility of a low cost deployable backing structure with built-in adjustment features.

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