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Silicon Carbide (SiC) Cryogenic Optics Technology Advancement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7122
Agency Tracking Number: B083-017-0292
Amount: $99,766.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-017
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-03-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-09-27
Small Business Information
7525 W. 81st St.,
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
United States
DUNS: 003644239
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Roger Withrington
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 337-7230
Business Contact
 John Ikegami
Title: CEO
Phone: (310) 337-7230
Research Institution

The objective of the All SiC Telescope Cryo-Test program (ASTCT) is to validate the optical performance of the Silicon Carbide Telescope for STSS (SCATS) near 120K. The off-axis, relayed, afocal telescope has an F/0.5 primary mirror and is equivalent to the current beryllium STSS fore optics. The SiC mirrors and structure are made by the Chemical Vapor Conversion process (CVC) process that allows very low stress monolithic SiC structures to be fabricated by fusing complex parts together. The technology for making the mirrors and structure and integrating them into a telescope have been demonstrated by POCO graphite on previous SBIR programs. This program will validate the technology at operating temperature, readying it for insertion to STSS and other cryogenic space sensors. The proposed phase 1 program will 1) establish the best of three potential facilities at which to conduct the cryo-test; 2) verify the ambient wavefront quality of the telescope to solidify the baseline for cryogenic test and test accuracy; 3) establish the test configuration and the conceptual design of needed fixturing plus instrumentation; and 4) develop the test plan. These tasks will form the basis for implementing the test plan and conducting the test on phase 2.

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