Precision Motorized Cryo/Vacuum Stage

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-M-0003
Agency Tracking Number: F073-131-1462
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-131
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
205 Williamson Square, Franklin, TN, 37064
DUNS: 016551561
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey S.N. Paine
 President, Chief Manager
 (615) 595-6665
Business Contact
 Murray Johns
Title: Vice President Operations
Phone: (615) 595-6665
Research Institution
Space Mechanism testing often requires precision motion control in a cryogenic and high vacuum environment. Precision position devices that can provide motion over large distances and with relatively high forces are required. DSM proposes a revolutionary piezoelectric motorized stage that is cryogenic and vacuum compatible to provide positioning and motion control for Air Force requirements in space mechanism testing. The motorized stage design represents an innovative mechanism topology that is universal in configuration such that it can be incorporated into a variety of precision instrumentation and metrology environments. Representing a novel step and repeat or walking beam motor, DSM’s design provides a number of key benefits over traditional electromagnetic driven stages. The piezoelectric motorized stage operates in cryo without any lubrication or rolling components. The technology uses very simple solid state flexure mechanisms to provide high force (600 lbf) in a relatively small cryo compatible package. With an inherently precise fit and geometry, the stage will achieve nanometer level resolution and stability. This proposal addresses DSM’s perceived approach to the development of space qualified demonstration components.

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