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A Cryo-Vacuum Compatible Positioning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-14-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: F073-131-1070
Amount: $748,433.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-131
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-05-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-04-18
Small Business Information
P.O Box 10520 3500 South Park Drive
Jackson, WY 83002-1052
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Viola
 Director of Engineering
 (307) 734-0211
Business Contact
 Robert Viola
Title: Director of Engineering
Phone: (307) 734-0211
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: Space-based systems have become indispensable elements of global communication, military reconnaissance and scientific research. The expenses associated with any space launch are enormous and, once in orbit, a system failure can have catastrophic consequences. Extensive Earth-based testing is essential to ensure a high success rate. To approximate the demands of space deployment, the Air Force maintains large test chambers capable of creating low temperature, high vacuum environments. However, the testing apparatus within these chambers is often poorly suited to the harsh cryo-vac environment and mechanical failures are not uncommon. A program of applied research is proposed to develop a family of versatile, high-precision positioning system fully compatible with space chamber environments. Under Phase II, research will continue into commercial motion technologies that are inherently more compatible with cryo-vac conditions and design modifications with the potential for further improving the performance of these technologies. Ultimately, multi degree-of-freedom positioning systems will be built and validated. BENEFIT: The 7V and 10V space test chambers maintained by the Air Force at Arnold Engineering Development Center will be the initial customer for the proposed cryo-vac positioning systems. Once validated within terrestrial test chambers, adaptation of these systems for use aboard spacecraft represents a potent and enduring secondary commercial market. The Department of Energys extensive network of particle accelerators driven by cryo-cooled superconducting magnets represents another large potential market.

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