NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S2.04-8762
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Optical Component Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Carbon Nanotube (CNT) and Carbon Fiber Reinforced SiC Optical Components

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
M Cubed Technologies, Inc.
1 Tralee Industrial Park
Newark, DE 19711 - 5444
(302) 454-8600

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Prashant Karandikar
karandikar@mmmt.com
1 Tralee Industrial Park
Newark, DE 19711 - 5444
(302) 454-8600

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
M Cubed has developed and patented technology to make carbon fiber reinforced SiC composites and components. In addition, the feasibility of doubling the toughness of SiC with carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforcement has been proven. In this program, M Cubed will demonstrate further innovative modifications of the above technology to make extremely lightweight, high toughness, low CTE optical components. In particular, 0.25 m and 0.5m lightweighted spherical mirror substrates will be fabricated, coated, finished and delivered to NASA for characterization (including cryogenic testing. A path will be outlined to take the technology to 1-2m class mirror in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
mirrors, optical benches, optical structures, precision components, deployable components

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Automobile brakes, wafer substrates, precision structures

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.)
Ceramics
Characterization
Composites
Mirrors
Nanomaterials
Prototyping
Structures


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