Corrective Optics Manufacturing for Aerodynamic Infrared Domes and Conformal Sensor Windows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-13-C-0164
Agency Tracking Number: N132-124-0869
Amount: $79,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-124
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
Aerodynamically shapes missile domes have many benefits over traditional spherically shaped domes. To correct for optical aberrations presented by this non-traditional shape, free form corrective optics are required between the dome and the image sensor. For this example, the corrective optics shape may be in the form of an arch. Currently the design and utilization of corrective arch shapes are costly due to the difficulties introduced with fabrication and metrology of these parts. They are not rotationally symmetric and require state of the art manufacturing technologies. OptiPro has a unique opportunity for combining its newly developed 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 University of Rochester Mechanical Engineering Department, gives us a very strong team and, clear path towards solving the difficult problems associated with, grinding, polishing and metrology of corrective optics for aerodynamic domes and conformal windows.

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