Multi-Component Composites for Lightweight Space-Based Mirrors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-M-5027
Agency Tracking Number: 021ML-0797
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tat Tong
 Chief Scientist-Chemistry
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
"Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop a multi-component compositematerial system which will address the drawbacks of conventional materials andcurrent fabrication processes for space-based mirrors. Going beyond a simpletwo-component composite (resin plus woven fabric), this program will develop a newmulti-component composite material system and demonstrate its practical applicationfor fabricating lightweight mirrors for space-based optical systems.The resulting material will provide major reduction in mirror areal density(compared with current operational mirrors) while achieving strength, stiffness,and thermal properties optimized for space applications. This novel compositematerial will also enable fabrication techniques that are faster and cheaper thancurrent practice for space-based mirrors. Operational Benefits: (1) Material with lower mass density will enable largermirrors by both reducing the areal density of the mirror itself and reducing themass of support structure that essentially becomes non-performing "scar" mass afterorbital deployment; (2) Mirror material with low CTE will improve performance whilesimplifying the system design challenge; (3) Mirror material enabling simpler,faster fabrication processes with less expensive facility requirements willdramatically reduce mirror costs.Commercial Applications: (1) Government, quasi-governmental, and commercialorbital imaging enterprises (e. g., LANDSAT an

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