This NASA SBIR will provide opportunities to advance the state-of-the-art in metrology solutions applicable to large, segmented mirrors. This includes high-precision optics used by the Department of Defense, which is a key market SURVICE will explore and exploit in Phase III commercialization efforts. With segmented mirrors being the likely or preferred type of construction for most future large optical telescopes, there will be many opportunities to employ the SURVICE metrology solution on NASA and European telescope programs, to include the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST), and the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
The manufacturing of DoD, NASA, and international space program telescopes is performed by numerous Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) firms. These firms support a broad spectrum of customers that include but are not limited to the NASA. SURVICE has already identified both US and international partners that are interested in the proposed technology development.