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In-Silico: In-Space Deposition System for Dielectric Optical Coating Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8808-20-C0009
Agency Tracking Number: F192-001-0927
Amount: $700,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF192-001
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-11-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-06
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

Next generation of optical space communication and directed energy assets will require large optical apertures >1 meter. Lunar Resources, Inc. (Lunar Resources), the corporate spin-out of NASA’s Wake Shield Facility (WSF) Program and technology leader in in-space vacuum deposition technology aims to develop a future USAF architecture where large optical apertures with greater material reflectivity, higher optical coating quality, and lower coating attenuations are manufactured in orbit to take advantage of the vacuum environment of space. This Lunar Resources Phase II Special Topic SBIR proposal aims to: 1. Design and manufacture a brass-board in-space deposition system for dielectric optical coatings on large substrates in the vacuum of space. 2. Develop control algorithms in order to deposit optical coatings onto an optical substrate in-space with <3% uniformity error onto substrates >5M in diameter. 3. Perform vacuum and performance testing of the deposition system in terrestrial vacuum chambers to validate system and deposition process. 4. Perform testing and evaluation (T&E) of brass board system performance to ensure the system will support U.S. military reconnaissance, directed energy, and additive manufacturing needs.

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