Zero CTE Material for Large Deployable Spacecraft (ZeroCoTe)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0157
Agency Tracking Number: F061-259-2782
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-259
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Attila Lengyel
 Senior Engineer
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution
Reflector based architectures are promising for future space radar systems due to their light weight and potential for compact packaging. However, initial surface accuracy and operational dimensional stability are fundamental driving requirements in these systems and can represent significant challenges to their manufacture. Non-zero material coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) and our inability to sufficiently thermally control the terrestrial fabrication and space operational environments have historically limited the precision to which reflectors can be made. A new approach for the fabrication of a radar reflector is desired where accuracy and dimensional stability are of great importance. To this end, Midé proposes to develop a zero CTE fiber, from which a cable can be constructed and used as tension members in a large, deployable space based radar reflector. The fiber will be designed to minimize extension across typical space temperature ranges, be sufficiently stiff, and have a high tensile strength.

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