Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029-1)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CA84C
Agency Tracking Number: 084935
Amount: $599,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: S2.03
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
DR Technologies, Inc.
9431 Dowdy Drive, San Diego, CA, 92126-4336
Duns: 838266369
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eldon Kasl
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 587-4200
 ekasl@vanguardcomposites.com
Business Contact
 Steven Sherman
Title: V.P. Business Administration
Phone: (858) 444-1826
Email: ssherman@drtechnologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Future NASA missions including the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) and Global Atmospheric Composition Mission (GACM), require 1 to 4 meter aperture, submillimeter-wavelength, primary reflector (mirror) segments. Astigmatic surface errors in a composite primary reflector and inconsistent radius of curvature in composite reflector segments limit application of composites to instruments. This project proposes to improve upon state-of-the-art passive reflector surface accuracy by characterizing the behavior and properties of actuated, graphite composite reflector laminates and panels that are suitable for space and earth science instruments. Surface error in composite primary reflectors and inconsistent radius of curvature in composite reflector segments currently limit application of composites to submillimeter wavelength primary mirrors. The goal is to minimize surface error including ROC error.

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