NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S2.05-9211
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Optics Manufacturing and Metrology for Telescope Optical Surfaces
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cryogenic Optical Metrology Through a Chamber Window

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Flexure Engineering
4423 Lehigh Rd., STE 235
College Park, MD 20740 - 3127
(410) 864-8921

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gregory Scharfstein
8150 Lakecrest Dr., #410
Greenbelt, MD 20770 - 3334
(410) 864-8921

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In this Phase I SBIR project for NASA, Flexure Engineering of Greenbelt, MD will design and develop a system that marries the technologies of Thermal Vacuum Chambers and Non-Contact Metrology Systems providing NASA with sub-micron, three sigma uncertainties on Flight Hardware while at temperature (typically cryogenic, down to 30K) and in high vacuum (>10E-6 torr).

This innovation provides NASA and the Aerospace Community increased capabilities for the alignment and performance verification of telescope optical surfaces and telescope optical assemblies.

A key feature of the system is that the metrology system is housed outside of the harsh environment of the chamber, looking in through one or more windows and yet providing sub-micron uncertainties across large distances and of complex shapes. The cryo/vac system in Phase I and II will apply primarily to the integration and testing of optical space flight hardware while at the commercialization Phase III, the techniques will be generalized to include other settings such as optical, electronics and harsh environment manufacturing chambers and hermetically sealed fabrication and assembly systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA Commercial applications include next-generation Cryogenic Telescopes (JWST, WFIRST) and future Lunar Missions. There will be many lander, rover, and eventually manned missions to explore the ices at the Lunar poles in the coming decades. Technology must be developed to build and test these complex, dynamic systems that must comfortably operate as low as 25K (Hermite Crater). We believe that these techniques will be a critical enabling technology for these challenging and exiting missions.

This innovation will also open the door for smaller, low-budget projects to take advantage of this risk-reducing metrology system. The modularity of the system will allow entire small and nano-satellites to be completely surveyed for alignment verification purposes through out the integration process.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A major Non-NASA Commercial application involves the advancement of high temperature superconductor (HTS) technologies. In the same way that the Apollo program advanced the semiconductor industry in the 1960s, JWST and future Lunar Missions will do the same for HTS as the development of complex 30K-hardware is required for success. The potential benefits of these advances in HTS technologies for all mankind are immeasurable.

Being able to measure the large scale setup and configuration of optical polishing and manufacturing systems a the sub-micron level at a distance with out interfering with the system my prove to be a very valuable capability. These techniques will allow the measuring devices to peer into harsh or toxic environments such as hermetically-sealed beryllium machining centers. There are also many harsh and toxic environments in electronics manufacturing processes that require the precise, non-contact measurement and control of large scale systems.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
3D Imaging
Active Systems
Actuators & Motors
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Cryogenic/Fluid Systems
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Modeling (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Development Environments
Heat Exchange
Image Analysis
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)
Image Processing
In Situ Manufacturing
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Knowledge Management
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Man-Machine Interaction
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Passive Systems
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Simulation & Modeling
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Telescope Arrays
Verification/Validation Tools

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