Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Aerodynamic Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: N112-146-0489
Amount: $599,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-146
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
6367 Dean Parkway, Ontario, NY, -
DUNS: 787064120
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jessica Nelson
 R&D Manager
 (585) 265-1020
Business Contact
 Thomas Kelly
Title: CFO
Phone: (585) 265-1020
Email: tkelly@optimaxsi.com
Research Institution
The tangent ogive dome was developed to reduce drag during high-speed flight. In addition to the reduced drag during flight, the aerodynamic shape along with the hard ceramic material, minimizes the threat of damage due to solid or liquid airborne particles. It will be necessary for refractive corrector elements to be placed between the aerodynamic dome and the seeker optical system. We plan to manufacture a corrector element that is a bilaterally symmetric arch with aspheric terms using a suite of manufacturing technologies. These include ultrasonic assisted microgrinding, high speed VIBE polishing and deterministic sub-aperture polishing. The material chosen for the corrector optic is difficult to produce aspheric components due to its incompatibility with sub-aperture polishing techniques. In addition to fabricating the complex shape, work will also be done to show a path moving forward to use an Optimax modified sub-aperture polishing technique to polish materials such as multi-spectral zinc sulfide(e.x. Cleartran).

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