Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Aerodynamic Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0094
Agency Tracking Number: N112-146-0932
Amount: $149,015.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-146
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
OptiPro Systems LLC
6368 Dean Parkway, Ontario, NY, -
DUNS: 067420310
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Fess
 Senior Research Engineer
 (585) 265-0160
 efess@optipro.com
Business Contact
 Tim Ansaldi
Title: Controller
Phone: (585) 265-0160
Email: tansaldi@optipro.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Aerodynamically shapes missile domes have many benefits over traditional spherically shaped domes. To correct for optical aberrations presented by this non-traditional shape, free form corrective optics are required between the dome and the image sensor. The corrective optics shape may be in the form of an arch. Currently the design and utilization of corrective arch shapes are costly due to the difficulties introduced with fabrication and metrology of these parts. They are not rotationally symmetric and require state of the art manufacturing technologies. OptiPro has a unique opportunity for combining its newly developed solution for the Navy"s ogive SBIR metrology program, its extensive knowledge of CAD/CAM, and freeform capable computer numerically controlled precision optical grinding and polishing products. OptiPro"s technologically advanced optical manufacturing capabilities along with a support partnership with the University of Rochester Mechanical Engineering Department, gives us a very strong team and, clear path towards solving the difficult problems associated with, grinding, polishing and metrology of corrective optics for aerodynamic domes.

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