Manufacturing of Visibly Transparent Large Conformal Windows

Period of Performance: 10/29/2015 - 04/27/2016

$79.7K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Optimax Systems, Inc.
6367 Dean Parkway Array
Ontario, NY 14519
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Freeform conformal windows, which match an airframe?s shape, are used to protect sensor arrays. These windows provide the advantages of traditional sensor windows, namely, durability, in combination with superior aerodynamic performance. The goal of this Phase I SBIR project is to demonstrate the capability to produce a large (12? x 12?), non-rotationally symmetric window to tight optical tolerances. In addition to demonstrating manufacturing capability, the Phase I effort will include development of critical features of the window and manufacturing process such as fiducials and freeform window blocking advances.