NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 20-1- S2.04-5563
 X-Ray Mirror Systems Technology, Coating Technology for X-Ray-UV-OIR, and Free-Form Optics
 Zero Net Stress Coating Method for X-Ray Mirrors
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Skyhaven Systems, LLC
25557 Bella Vista Circle, P.O. Box 770252
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 846-0547

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Mr. Edward Salley
2 Park Drive, Unit 4 Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Michael Kimble
405 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite B209, PO Box 770252 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 - 8934
(970) 846-0547
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

X-ray mirrors formed with zero net stress are sought for next generation space optical systems.   Existing thin film deposition methods such as sputtering or atomic layer deposition each have inherent difficulties in repeatedly achieving a zero stress state at reasonable cost and throughput.  Skyhaven Systems proposes to develop a deposition method to produce the desired mirror.  The method is fundamentally easy to apply, economical, and readily scaled.  The process is performed at ambient pressure and is expected to provide a uniform, smooth, and adherent coating.


The Phase I effort will lead to demonstrating the deposition method by producing an iridium mirror with negligible stress.  The coating will be evaluated for stress level, thickness, uniformity, surface roughness and adhesion.   The Phase II effort is envisioned to: further improve and characterize the coating's properties in terms of process capability and environmental stability, to scale the fabrication process, and to supply full-scale coated substrates to NASA for evaluation.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

The proposed technology will enable the proposed Lynx x-ray observatory mission with sub-arcsecond angular resolution and multi-square-meter effective area at an affordable cost. The development program will continue to improve angular resolution, to enable the production of 5-arcsecond x-ray telescopes, to support future Explorer-class missions.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Low-stress iridium x-ray mirror coatings may also find application in non- NASA applications such as diagnostic medical and homeland

security (i.e., baggage and cargo screening) X-ray imaging.

Duration: 6

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