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Active Controlled Membrane Mirrors with Shape Memory

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-03-C-0185
Agency Tracking Number: 021NM-1746
Amount: $719,042.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1800 Quail Street, Suite 101, P.O. Box 9219
Newport Beach, CA 92658
United States
DUNS: 066183039
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Patrick
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 971-7031
Business Contact
 Harold Pastrick
Title: Corp. V.P. and General Ma
Phone: (256) 971-7000
Research Institution

The increasing demand for large aperture imaging and high energy laser space-based systems has led to a technology push for light-weight, deployable primary mirrors. Space rated polymer materials with optical quality surface properties have beendeveloped. Coupling this material technology with emerging shape memory alloy (SMA) deposition processes offers a unique approach to manufacturing practical membrane mirrors for ultralight space based mirror requirements. The initial research has shown thefeasibility of using vacuum coating methods to integrally bond a thin layer of SMA to a membrane mirror without deleterious effects to the optical surface properties of the mirror. The SMA provides the energy for mirror deployment and initial global figurecontrol. This research will demonstrate this technology at the system level. The research also addresses integration of the membrane mirror with an active figure control system for fine tuning the global figure as needed for visible imaging applications.

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