Aerodynamic Dome Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,995.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-13-C-0151
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-121-0864
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-121
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
NY, Ontario, NY, 14519-8970
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
067420310
Principal Investigator:
Ed Fess
R&D Manager
(585) 265-0160
efess@optipro.com
Business Contact:
Tim Ansaldi
CFO
(585) 265-0160
tansaldi@optipro.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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