NASA SBIR 00-1 SOLICITATION

FORM 9B - PROJECT SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER 00-1 18.01-7947 (Chron: 002054 )
PROJECT TITLE
Ultra-lightweight SiC Structures for Large Telescopes



TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Current materials technology greatly limits the development of ultra-lightweight very large telescopes. This proposal details an innovative approach capable of yielding large structures exhibiting less than 1 kg/m2 areal density. The approach is based on high thermal conductivity thin C-C technology in conjunction with an optical quality CVR-SiC surface.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Potential commercial applications include weather satellites and high energy laser systems.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Dr. W. Kowbel
MER Corporation
7960 S.Kolb Road
Tucson , AZ   85706 - 9237



NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
MER Corporation
7960 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson , AZ   85706 - 9237