High Precision Conformal Sensor Window

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$600K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

OptiPro Systems LLC
6368 Dean Parkway
Ontario, NY 14519
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Conformal sensor windows have the capability of increasing the performance of an optical system while decreasing the aerodynamic drag. In many cases, these windows might conform to the platform they reside in. They may also be made out of optical materials that are resistant to the elements, thus providing a degree of protection for the optical sensors that are behind them. Continued improvements in the fabrication and metrology methods will provide a pathway to a more timely process in the production of these windows. OptiPro is well positioned for a successful Phase II effort as they will combine the newly developed ?UltraSurf?, 5-axis non-contact metrology system, extensive knowledge of CAD/CAM software and our 5-axis grinding and polishing machines. OptiPro?s technologically advanced fabrication capabilities along with our partnership with the University of North Carolina Charlotte, gives us a very strong team and a clear path towards solving the difficult problems associated with grinding, finishing and measurement of conformal windows in hard optical ceramic materials.