NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-2- S2.02-1106
 Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology
 Precision In-Space Manufacturing for Structurally-Connected Space Interferometry
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Made in Space, Inc.
8226 Philips Hwy Suite 102
Jacksonville, FL 32256
(650) 701-7722

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Deejay Riley
8226 Philips Hwy Suite 102
Jacksonville, FL 32256 - 1241
(650) 776-1945

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Justin Kugler
8226 Philips Hwy Suite 102
Jacksonville, FL 32256 - 1241
(713) 855-3333

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Made In Space, Inc. continues the development of an in-space manufacturing architecture for precision long-baseline structures that support space interferometry missions in the infrared. In-space manufacturing and assembly of interferometer structures optimized for the target environment dramatically reduce the system cost, mass, and areal density without sacrificing the structural control of the optical subsystems’ absolute positions. In this Phase II effort, full-scale Optimast beam prototypes are produced and mirror alignment is demonstrated to nanometer precision. This work is essential to the successful incorporation of Optimast technology in future space science and commercial interferometry missions.

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

Future missions for detecting and characterizing new worlds and faint distant objects require much larger effective apertures than the current generation of space telescopes. Terrestrial telescopes also have large amounts of distortion that blur the viewing of these objects rendering them unusable for in-depth analysis. In-space manufacturing using space-rated polymers provides mission-optimized structural baselines for infrared interferometry missions that are lower in mass and complexity than traditional hinged trusses or deployable booms.

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

An Optimast-SCI satellite optimized for space situational awareness (SSA) and wide-field Earth surface observation is possible with a 50-meter optical baseline. This system has a limiting resolution of only 25 centimeters from a 36,000-kilometer Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). Such a satellite is capable of both rapid response inspection of satellites and at-will observation of the facing hemisphere.


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