Low Cost Method of Manufacturing Space Optics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CM22P
Agency Tracking Number: 124032
Amount: $124,866.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
WA, Auburn, WA, 98001-1750
DUNS: 030321009
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Alberts
 Principal Investigator
 (253) 854-0796
Business Contact
 Dan Alberts
Title: Managing Member
Phone: (253) 854-0796
Email: dana@ormondllc.com
Research Institution
Proposed is the development of a manufacturing technology that will increase feasible large optics design options and significantly reduce the manufacturing time, cost and risk involved in manufacturing large optic components. Specifically addressed are cutting and light weighting of glass and ceramic optical components.While milling and cutting materials such as ULE or SiC is often performed at Ormond using a novel technology, there is a need to develop this technology to a point where the risk of machining large optics made from these materials is acceptably low and NASA and its contractors understand the technical and cost performance. Development is needed to address engineering requirements of large optics and to advance production readiness.In Phase I, proprietary glass and ceramic cutting and milling technologies will be adapted to space optics requirements through software, process and tool development. Performance data will be immediately available to support ongoing NASA programs and to set the groundwork for Phase II. Key risk reduction methods will be identified.The Phase I workscope will involve NASA primes to demonstrate and prove the feasibility of implementing the proposed technology in large optics manufacturing. Phase II will result in a commercial ready means of cutting and milling large optics.

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