NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S2.03-9065
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
DR Technologies, Inc.
9431 Dowdy Drive
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4336
(858) 587-4200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Eldon P. Kasl
9431 Dowdy Drive
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4336
(858) 444-1823

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Advances in replication mold technology that reduce material costs, grinding time, and polishing time would enable fabrication of large, precision molds and possibly optics at 50-75% lower cost. Mold cost savings could be applied to other aspects of a telescope mission's technology development and demonstration efforts to reduce large aperture far infrared telescope areal density and improve optical technical performance.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA: The capabilities proposed in this SBIR would be relevant to a variety of Space and Earth science missions currently in various stages of formulation. The nearest term target is for insertion of the reflector technology in the SMLS, CCAT, and possibly SAFIR missions. Mission study groups at JPL, GSFC, and LaRC are the most likely customers in this area.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Other Gov't: DoD interests have indicated a desire to field an ever-growing number of 'long-wavelength' instruments on UAV platforms. Though these are typically no larger than 1m class instruments, the maturing of the core materials, process, and design competencies would position DR Technologies to capture additional DoD work in this area. Key customers in this area are at KAFB in Albuquerque, NM.

Commercial: Large, accurate, thermally stable reflectors may be needed for broadband wireless spacecraft. The increasing need to provide internet capabilities to remote locations for commercial applications has lead several service providers and spacecraft manufacturers to consider constellations of spacecraft to meet this need. Lightweight, large-aperture, thermally stable reflectors with sub-micron level tolerances will be needed to meet the ever growing needs for traffic capacity per spacecraft. This program could provide enabling technology for these commercial spacecraft systems. DR Technologies has good contacts within each of the Primes where these opportunities will likely emerge.

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.

Large Antennas and Telescopes
Optical & Photonic Materials

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