Corrective Optics Manufacturing for Aerodynamic Infrared Domes and Conformal Sensor Windows

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

Aerodynamically shapes missile domes have many benefits over traditional spherically shaped domes. To correct for optical aberrations presented by this non-traditional shape, free form corrective optics are required between the dome and the image sensor. For this example, the corrective optics shape may be in the form of an arch. Currently the design and utilization of corrective arch shapes are costly due to the difficulties introduced with fabrication and metrology of these parts. They are not rotationally symmetric and require state of the art manufacturing technologies. OptiPro has a unique opportunity for combining its newly developed solution for the Navy?s ogive SBIR metrology program, its extensive knowledge of CAD/CAM, and freeform capable computer numerically controlled precision optical grinding and polishing products. OptiPro?s technologically advanced optical manufacturing capabilities along with a support partnership with the University of Rochester Mechanical Engineering Department, gives us a very strong team and, clear path towards solving the difficult problems associated with, grinding, polishing and metrology of corrective optics for aerodynamic domes and conformal windows.