(Tucson, AZ · April, 5th 2013) — With the effective start date of April 5th 2013, CMA will begin work on a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract issued with the AFRL (Air Force Research Lab).

The contract goal is to produce a 750mm parabolic carbon fiber mirror with fractional-wave (P-V at 635nm wavelength or better) performance for space-based telescope applications. CMA will also perform environmental testing on samples and optically test the final mirror at the UA Steward Observatory for outside verification.

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