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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$682,652.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-05-C-0026
Award Id:
67414
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-018-1800
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
PeterWarren
Division Manager
(781) 684-4368
pwarren@foster-miller.com
Business Contact:
RichardWiesman
Executive Vice President
(781) 684-4242
sdorsey@foster-miller.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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