A Cryo-Vacuum Compatible Positioning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-M-0002
Agency Tracking Number: F073-131-1070
Amount: $99,799.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-131
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
P.O Box 10520, 3135 Mallard Road, Jackson, WY, 83002
DUNS: 128363145
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Viola
 Director of Engineering
 (307) 734-0211
Business Contact
 Robert Viola
Title: Director of Engineering
Phone: (307) 734-0211
Email: viola@sqr-1.com
Research Institution
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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