Novel Composite Material Architecture for Space Radar Reflector Producibility

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0158
Agency Tracking Number: F061-259-2818
Amount: $99,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-259
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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
 John Player
 Senior Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
The Air Force needs large diameter high accuracy reflectors for use in the X-Band frequency (8-12 GHz) range. Deployable structures are a promising solution to meet the needs of this radar application. They are becoming practical for launch and deployment given their compact stowage and high specific stiffness. However, surface accuracy and operational dimensional stability are fundamental driving requirements in these systems and remain significant challenges to their manufacture. In response to this need, Infoscitex Corporation (IST) has proposed to develop an innovative architecture composite that can reduce minimum gauge requirements and yet achieve near zero coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) structures to provide better dimensional stability for this application. In this Phase I program, IST will design and fabricate a series of new hybrid fiber architecture thin gauge composite elements to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving greater thermal stability. IST will also demonstrate the broad uses for this novel composite architecture in representative deployable structures in conjunction with its team partner, Foster-Miller. In the Phase II program, IST will further pursue this new approach through the manufacture of a deployable structure demonstration article and leverage its current work in electro-textile reflector meshs to make the demonstrator operational.

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