Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficient Reflectors (SIMPLER)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-05-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: F041-018-1800
Amount: $682,652.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-018
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Warren
 Division Manager
 (781) 684-4368
Business Contact
 Richard Wiesman
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (781) 684-4242
Research Institution
The Air Force has a pressing need for large, structurally efficient reflectors for both radar and high bandwidth communication. Because launch volumes are limited, the large aperture must be volume efficient as well. To meet the stated needs of future DoD missions, the reflectors must be very precise as well as large in diameter relative to its stowed volume. The proposed program will combine hierarchical layers of ultra-efficient deployable hexagonal and isogrid structures with thin reflecting membranes to form large reflectors with the precise surfaces required for high frequency applications. The varying levels of hierarchy allow the technology to be applied to a range of systems from micro-satellites to very large antennae, always providing high structural and packaging efficiency. The FMI team will develop the Structural Isogrid/Membrane for Packaging Large Efficiency Reflectors (SIMPLER) system through a careful plan of design, modeling, prototype manufacture, and testing. Complete development of this technology will provide the DoD with a micro-satellite reflector system that will enable better, lighter, and less expensive antennae deployed from smaller packaged volumes. The micro-satellite prototype performance will be extrapolated to that of much larger systems. (P-050063)

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