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In-Silico: In-Space Deposition of Laser Communication Optical Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-19-P-A255
Agency Tracking Number: F192-001-0927
Amount: $49,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF192-001
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-02
Small Business Information
5000 Gulf Freeway, Exploration Research Park, Bldg 4, Suite 230
Houston, TX 77023
United States
DUNS: 081060079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alex Ignatiev
 Chief Technical Officer
 (713) 202-6043
Business Contact
 Elliot Carol
Phone: (646) 455-8382
Research Institution

The Department of Defense requires the ability to affordably and prolifically fabricate large optical space apertures for next generation space remote sensing, space situational awareness, and optical space communications. For over 60 years the DoD has developed optical space assets with apertures that are constrained to the volume of launch vehicle fairings and coatings whose performance is degraded due to the terrestrial fabrication process. Lunar Resources, Inc., the corporate spin-out of NASA’s Wake Shield Facility Program and technology leader in in-space vacuum vapor deposition technology aims to leverage +15 years of government and private industry investment into in-space deposition technology to develop a bifurcated future DoD architecture where large optical apertures with greater material reflectivity, higher optical coating quality, and lower coating attenuations are manufactured on-orbit to take advantage of the natural space environment. Lunar Resources Phase I Special Topic SBIR aims to deliver a feasibility study demonstrating the revolutionary change and feasibility of depositing optical coatings onto robotically assembled substrates in the vacuum of space to enable a new supply chain architecture to design, manufacture and restore space optical apertures for USAF/DoD laser communication space platforms.

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