NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- S1.01-1089
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Efficient Polishing of Metallic Substrates for Active Remote Sensing Applications
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Welch Mechanical Design, LLC
1200 Technology Drive, Suite N
Aberdeen , MD 21001-1124
(410) 698-3024

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Wayne Welch
welchmechanicaldesigns@gmail.com
1200 TECHNOLOGY DR STE N Aberdeen, MD 21001 - 1124
(410) 698-3024

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Wayne Welch
welchmechanicaldesigns@gmail.com
1200 TECHNOLOGY DR STE N Aberdeen, MD 21001 - 1124
(410) 698-3024
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract

Welch Mechanical Designs (WMD) proposes to develop a highly efficient and innovative process for polishing the substrate of high performance optical quality metal mirrors directly, eliminating the need for nickel coating and reducing the number of steps involved, thereby significantly reducing cost, risk, and manufacturing time of telescopes and other optical structures that are suitable for a wide range of imaging applications. 

This direct polishing process will have a significant impact on the cost, time, and risk, associated with the fabrication of optical assemblies such as compact and lightweight Cassegrain telescopes compatible with existing differential absorption lidar (DIAL) and HSRL lidar systems.  The process also allows aluminum to be used to rapidly make larger aperture, stable, monolithic telescopes and optical structures that are suitable for a wide range of imaging applications in aircraft and space deployments.

Potential NASA Applications

This direct polishing process will have a significant impact on the cost, time, and risk, associated with the fabrication of optical assemblies such as compact and lightweight Cassegrain telescopes compatible with existing differential absorption lidar (DIAL) and HSRL lidar systems.  The process also applies to fabrication of larger aperture, stable, monolithic telescopes and optical structures that are suitable for a wide range of imaging applications in aircraft and space deployments.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The direct polishing process is an enabling technology which has applications across a range of market segments including military and commercial applications.  Optical assemblies using polished metal substrates are used in imaging systems by the military for surveillance and targeting, and in civilian applications including astronomy and earth observation.  Basically anywhere a telescope is used this process can reduce cost and risk.  


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