High Precision Conformal Sensor Window

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,845.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-13-C-0156
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-122-0187
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-122
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
6367 Dean Parkway, Ontario, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787064120
Principal Investigator:
Kate Medicus
Optical Engineer
(585) 265-1020
kmedicus@optimaxsi.com
Business Contact:
Tom Kelly
CFO
(585) 562-1020
tkelly@optimaxsi.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Windows that conform to an airframe shape are an essential optical element for future of sensing in aircraft and missiles. Conformal windows are challenging to manufacture due to their shape, typically with no or minimal symmetry, and specified material, typically a hard crystalline material. We aim to significantly improve the manufacturability of conformal windows by adapting an existing technology to measure the windows with greatly improved accuracy. It is clear that the precision of the conformal windows"surface shape is limited by the ability to measure with confidence. In this project Optimax and QED, as a subcontractor, will modify existing stitching interferometry tools and technology to measure conformal windows with high accuracy. The main outcomes of this work are to produce an accurate surface measurement of a conformal window and to perform sub-aperture deterministic polishing using that measurement. The deterministic polishing step is critical to improving the conformal window surface error.

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