Novel Low Cost Machining Techniques for Making Rhenium Components for the Miniature Kill Vehicle (MKV)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,693.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-04-P-0101
Award Id:
69684
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-058-1655
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1505 Central Avenue South, Kent, WA, 98032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005285288
Principal Investigator:
Tom Butler
President
(253) 852-1298
tomb@ormondllc.com
Business Contact:
Dan Alberts
COO
(253) 854-0796
dana@ormondllc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In order to meet the goal of producing minature interceptors that cost less than $50K, new designs and lower cost manufacturing methods are required. The approached advocated in this proposal is to use novel machining techniques which have recently been developed and used to make rhenium test specimens. Rhenium is the material of choice for hot gas components used in Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)and the high cost of machining this material has been the largest manufacturing cost driver. Ormond has recently begun working with Lockheed to qualify new abrasive machining technolgies that have the potential to dramatically reduce costs while at the same time avoid the surface damage caused by the current manufacturing methods. The feasibility of using the new techniques to cut, drill, groove, mill and turn rhenium parts will be demonstred in Phase I of this program.

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