Removing Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors with VIBE

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB95C
Agency Tracking Number: 094614
Amount: $599,925.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NY, Ontario, NY, 14519-8939
DUNS: 787064120
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jessica Nelson
 Principal Investigator
 (585) 217-0776
Business Contact
 Thomas Kelly
Title: CFO
Phone: (585) 217-0729
Research Institution
The Optimax VIBE finishing process is a fast (<60 second), full-aperture, conformal polishing process incorporating high frequency motion that rapidly eliminates mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors created by deterministic polishing. During Phase I, we were able to show feasibility that the Optimax VIBE finishing process was able to reduce the effects of mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors on flat sub-aperture polished surfaces without negatively affecting the surface figure. With future funding, we anticipate advances this process will result in a cost-effective way to produce ultra-low MSF error curved surfaces for both NASA and non-NASA applications.

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