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A Cryo-Vacuum Compatible Positioning System CRP

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-18-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: F073-131-1070a
Amount: $1,399,823.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-131
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-13
Small Business Information
P.O Box 10520
Jackson, WY 83002
United States
DUNS: 128363145
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Viola
 (307) 734-0211
Business Contact
 Robert Viola
Phone: (307) 734-0211
Research Institution

Space-based systems have become indispensable elements of global communication, militaryreconnaissance and scientific research. The expenses associated with any space launch areenormous and, once in orbit, a system failure can have catastrophic consequences. ExtensiveEarth-based testing is essential to ensure a high success rate. To approximate the demands of space deployment, the Air Force maintains large test chambers capable of creating low temperature, high vacuum environments. However, the motion control mechanisms within these chambers are often poorly suited to the harsh cryo-vac environment, and failures are not uncommon. A program of applied research is proposed to develop a family of versatile, high-precision positioning systems fully compatible with space chamber environments. Under Phase II, research will continue into motion technologies that are inherently more compatible with cryo-vac conditions and design strategies with the potential for further improving the performance of these technologies. Ultimately, a six degree-of-freedom Tri-Sphere positioning system will be built and validated.

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