Light Weight Concepts for Mirrors

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$449,995.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNG04CB09C
Award Id:
61771
Agency Tracking Number:
020044
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175863463
Principal Investigator:
Asit Biswas
Principal Investigator
(818) 768-6420
powdermet@earthlink.net
Business Contact:
Andrew Sherman
CEO
(216) 404-0053
powdermet@earthlink.net
Research Institution:
Northwestern University
Susan Ross
Sponsored Programs
Evanston, IL, 60208
(847) 491-3003
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this NASA Phase II STTR program Powdermet/Northwestern will fabricate a lightweight (2.4 g/cc, or equivalent to 0.8 kg/m2) thin-wall (0.3-0.5mm ) functional mirror with an angular resolution approaching one arc second. Phase I results demonstrated a composite mirror structure with a density a factor of two lower than the solid nickel with high strength , low CTE, and good optical figure. The Phase II program is designed to develop manufacturing procedures for large (10 cm dia x 50 cm high) Wolter I mirror structures, and to generate detailed structure/property design for use with X-ray/space telescopes. Through a teaming arrangement with Lockheed Martin and Ball Aerospace, design studies will be carried out on appropriate satellite configuration and integration design schemes, and basic studies will evaluate the new technology relative to existing applications, while identifying very near term applications/components for prototype demonstration purposes.

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