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Mass Fabricated Technology Integration for use in Miniature Interceptor…

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Tanner Research Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-3424
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Mass Fabricated Technology Integration for use in Miniature Interceptor Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG6003P0056
Award Amount: $69,890.00


"Fully autonomous miniature interceptors, <10% the size of MMKV-type architectures, are feasible if component and subsystem integration is done by design during the fabrication process. Tanner Research, using highly evolved MEMS-based manufacturingtechniques commonly used in their Class 1000 clean room, propose to radically reduce the need for costly integration of many component parts of a miniature interceptor front-end. For example, by integrating in a single manufacturing process an IRbolometer, tunable optical filtering and flash cooling. These are all critical optical subsystems that can be batch fabricated simultaneously to create low-cost multi-mode optical sensors. Similarly, the `integrated' optical front-end (bolometer, coolingand filters) can be further integrated with readout and signal processing microelectronics on or near the FPA. Conceptually, all MEMS-based components are fabricated simultaneously. This MEMS-based integration provides a mature, low-cost approach toachieve hyperspectral seeker functionality with reduced footprint, mass and power: critical features for low-risk miniature interceptors.Tanner Research proposes to reduce the overall system cost of implementing miniature interceptor technology by using MEMS fabrication techniques adapted from the microelectronics industry. Interceptor optical front-end fabrication, in MEMS, will be done inits entirety at Tanner Research, and will be facilitated by multiple

Principal Investigator:

Thomas J. Bartolac
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Kevin Dinniene
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tanner Research, Inc.
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Mailstop 100 Pasadena, CA 91107

EIN/Tax ID: 954163780
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No