Aerodynamic Dome Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-13-C-0151
Agency Tracking Number: N132-121-0864
Amount: $79,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-121
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
NY, Ontario, NY, 14519-8970
DUNS: 067420310
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ed Fess
 R&D Manager
 (585) 265-0160
Business Contact
 Tim Ansaldi
Title: CFO
Phone: (585) 265-0160
Research Institution
Future missile systems will abandon the traditional hemi-spherical shape for shapes resembling a tangent Ogive. An ogive shaped dome has better aerodynamic capabilities than its spherical counterpart. This enables the missile to fly faster, farther, and with more accuracy while also increasing its payload capacity. The optical material of choice is polycrystalline alumina, PCA, which is a hard ceramic material that OptiPro has extensive experience with. OptiPro has a unique opportunity to create the manufacturing solution by combining its UltraSurf, a newly developed non-contact measurement 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 Penn State University Electro Optics Center, gives us a very strong team and, clear path towards solving the difficult problems associated with, grinding, finishing, and measuring of PCA ogive domes.

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