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Lightweight, Low Cost, Seeker Gimbals

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77355
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-197-0332
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ross-Hime Designs, Inc.
1313 5th Street South East Minneapolis, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Lightweight, Low Cost, Seeker Gimbals
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0016
Award Amount: $69,974.00
 

Abstract:

The Army has requested development of a lightweight, low cost, precision seeker gimbal assembly that can operate in environments inducing high stress levels (temperature, vibration, and shock). Ross-Hime Designs, Inc. (RHD), Minneapolis, Minnesota, with its subcontractor Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, Eagan, Minnesota, offer a fundamental and radical mechanical advancement to improve existing capabilities in high stress gimbals. This is accomplished without the penalties of additional weight from external mechanical supporting structures, while maintaining gimbal assembly performance in the high stress operational environment. RHD tackles the core of the problem-the mechanical design of the 2-axis seeker gimbal itself. The proposed design eliminates the need for rotary joints, slip rings, or twist capsules because its revolutionary technology provides a flexible and practical solution to the rotary joint problem. A major benefit of this revolutionary design is a new, full 180o az/el horizon-to-horizon tracking capability. "Gimbal lock," or singularity, is eliminated due to the unique double universal joint design. An innovative Non-Overlapping Ring shock mount protects the gimbal from shock and vibration while maintaining pointing accuracy. Bandwidth constraint, which is inherent in rotary joints, is eliminated altogether.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Rosheim
President
6516995610
mrosheim@visi.com

Business Contact:

Mark Rosheim
President
6516995610
mrosheim@visi.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ROSS-HIME DESIGNS, INC.
1313 5th Street South East Minneapolis, MN 55414

EIN/Tax ID: 411592408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No