Shape Memory Polymer Self-Deploying Membrane Reflectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,981.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-2468
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0149
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF03-182
Solicitation Number:
2003.1
Small Business Information
CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Vining
(937) 320-1877
viningsd@crgrp.net
Business Contact:
Patrick Hood
(937) 320-1877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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