Shape Memory Polymer Self-Deploying Membrane Reflectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-2468
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0149
Amount: $749,981.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-182
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
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
 Stephen Vining
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), will complete development and demonstration of technologies enabling self-deploying, self-supporting membrane mirrors for large, lightweight space-based reflector systems. Phase II R&D will optimize Phase I material formulations, yielding mature space-qualifiable Shape Memory Polymer (SMP)-based materials tailored for this application. Phase II effort will also demonstrate full-scale fabrication technologies for self-deploying membrane mirrors, producing a 1 meter diameter prototype self-deploying membrane mirror with operationally relevant optical performance. Phase II R&D will culminate in demonstration of revolutionary mirror self-deployment functionality based on SMPs' unique "smart" material properties. CRG's high-performance SMP materials provide the means to create very large (>20 m), lightweight (<0.5 kg/sq m areal density) membrane mirrors whose material inherently self-deploys to the optical figure on orbit. This suite of new technologies will address the drawbacks of conventional materials and current fabrication processes for space-based mirrors.

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