Ultra-lightweight SiC Structures for Large Telescopes

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA2054
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MER Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Kowbel
Sr. Scientist
(520) 574-1980
kowbel@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current materials technology greatly limits the development of ultra-lightweight very large telescopes. This proposal details an innovative approach capable of yielding large structures exhibiting less than 1 kg/m2 areal density. The approach is based on high thermal conductivity thin C-C technology in conjunction with an optical quality CVR-SiC surface.

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