A Cryo-Vacuum Compatible Positioning System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,799.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9101-08-M-0002
Award Id:
86765
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-131-1070
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O Box 10520, 3135 Mallard Road, Jackson, WY, 83002
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128363145
Principal Investigator:
Robert Viola
Director of Engineering
(307) 734-0211
viola@sqr-1.com
Business Contact:
Robert Viola
Director of Engineering
(307) 734-0211
viola@sqr-1.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Space-based systems have become indispensable elements of global communication, scientific research and military reconnaissance. The expenses associated with launching spacecraft are enormous and, once in orbit, any component failure may have catastrophic consequences. Extensive earth-based testing is essential to ensure a high success rate. To approximate the demanding conditions of space deployment, the Air Force maintains large test chambers capable of creating low temperature, high vacuum environments. However, commercial testing apparatus must be specially modified for the harsh cryo-vacuum environment and mechanical failures within these chambers are not uncommon. A program of applied research is proposed to develop a robust, high-precision positioning system that is fully compatible with space chamber environments. Commercial motion technologies that are inherently more compatible with high vacuum and very low temperatures are investigated. Design modification and novel materials with the potential of further improving the performance of these technologies are evaluated. Finally, ways that these individual design elements can be integrated to create a versatile, multi-axis position system are presented.

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