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A Light Weight, Mini Inertial Measurement System for Position and Attitude…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd Rochester, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Light Weight, Mini Inertial Measurement System for Position and Attitude Estimation on Dynamic Platforms
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD49P
Award Amount: $99,408.00


Impact Technologies, LLC in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology, proposes to develop an innovative and revolutionary method for a miniature low cost, weight, and power, highly accurate INS system coupled with GPS receivers providing stable and highly accurate positioning, attitude, and inertial measurements while being subjected to highly dynamic maneuvers. In contrast to conventional methods that utilize extensive ground-based real-time tracking and control units that are expensive, large, and require excessive amounts of power to operate, our method focuses on the development of a highly-accurate attitude estimator that makes use of a low cost, miniature accelerometer array fused with traditional measurement systems and GPS. Through the utilization of a position tracking estimation algorithm, on-board accelerometers are numerically integrated and transformed using attitude information to obtain an estimate of position in the inertial frame. Position and velocity estimates are subject to drift due to accelerometer sensor bias and high vibration over time, and therefore require the integration with GPS information using a Kalman filter to provide highly accurate and reliable inertial tracking estimations. The development of such technology is required for the enablement of the proposed highly accurate attitude estimator that is a primary focus of this proposed work.

Principal Investigator:

Liang Tang
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Carol Marquardt
Business Official
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Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd. Rochester, NY 14623

EIN/Tax ID: 161567136
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No