Zero CTE Material for Large Deployable Spacecraft (ZeroCoTe)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-06-M-0157
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-259-2782
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MIDE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786127522
Principal Investigator:
Attila Lengyel
Senior Engineer
(781) 306-0609
alengyel@mide.com
Business Contact:
Petra Botha
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 306-0609
pbotha@mide.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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