Novel Processing Methods for Space Optical Coatings - Phase II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-C-5704
Agency Tracking Number: 011ML-1130
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Thor Technologies, Inc.
7600 Jefferson NE, Suite 9-115, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
DUNS: 099725108
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Schwab
 President & CEO
 (505) 348-8797
 stschwab@flash.net
Business Contact
 Vicki Schwab
Title: Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (505) 348-8797
Email: vmschwab@flash.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The mission of the U.S. Air Force has expanded to include responsibility for global intelligence and force projection-the ability to "reach out and touch someone" anywhere on Earth. To meet these mission requirements, the Air Force has greatly expandedits space technology development efforts.Space-deployable membranes have the potential to yield large gains in systems capabilities through the reduction of structural mass and launch volume. Because of the large distances involved, the shape of the membrane, particularly the reflective surface,must be closely controlled to achieve the desired resolution-even with the use of real-time holography correction methods. The means to control membrane shape or otherwise maintain optical performance do not yet exist.Thor Technologies, Inc., with Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc. (MLPC) and Prof. Mast of the University of Cincinnati (UC), will use an innovative process to produce prototype mesoscale arrays on polymer substrates, and novel methods to characterizetheir electrical and optical performance.The Principal Investigator has considerable experience in application of synthetic chemistry to materials processing, MLPC has unique processing capabilities, and UC has unique characterization capabilities. The team is well qualified to prepare andcharacterize prototype mesoscopic patterns and arrays.

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