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OPTICAL INTERFEROMETER FOR THRUST MEASUREMENTS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
53103
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0175
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Altair Center, Llc.
1 Chartwell Circle Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: OPTICAL INTERFEROMETER FOR THRUST MEASUREMENTS
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N00174-01-C-0045
Award Amount: $65,000.00
 

Abstract:

ALTAIR Center proposes to develop an innovative system for accurate measuring thrust performance of different structural components, including propulsion systems for micro-satellites, with micro-Newton resolution. The system designed for operation in aspace simulation chamber employs a fiber optical scheme incorporating an interferometric force sensor. A Fabry-Perot white-light interferometer used in the system operates in wide spectral range. The interferometric information delivered by the lightthrough an optical fiber can be conveniently analyzed outside the test chamber. The system exhibits high temperature stability that is achieved by employing elastic elements made of fused silica and assembled using laser welding. Among other importantadvantages of the proposed system are high stability of readings, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range (up to 100000). The readings are practically independent of radiation losses in optical elements. The technique offers high degree of universality andcan be used in many important industrial applications for measuring weak forces, low pressures, small displacements, accelerations, etc. Phase I of the project will address to demonstrating feasibility of a thrust stand based on white-light interferometricmeasurements with micro-Newton resolution and wide dynamic range. In Phase II, the prototype system will be assembled, tested and optimized with final product delivered to DoD.In addition to immediate military applications for thrust measurements, theproposed system is an excellent candidate as a product in several markets including airspace industry, transportation, power engineering, etc.

Principal Investigator:

Petr Nikitin
Senior Scientist
5088455349
altairctr@aol.com

Business Contact:

Sergei Krivoshlykov
President
5088455349
altairctr@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALTAIR CENTER, LLC.
1 Chartwell Circle Shrewsbury, MA 01545

EIN/Tax ID: 742867536
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No