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MHD Earth Referenced Azimuth Detector (MERAD)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92275
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-106-1075
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Technology Associates
1300 Britt St SE Albuquerque, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: MHD Earth Referenced Azimuth Detector (MERAD)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-09-C-6512
Award Amount: $69,957.00
 

Abstract:

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) proposes to develop a miniature, rapid, non-magnetic azimuth sensor by exploiting innovative magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) inertial angular rate sensing technology. The proposed solution centers upon use of a spinning MHD sensor that outputs a modulated version of Earth rate and offers means of deriving true azimuth. Inertial rate sensing is employed to link the MHD Earth Rate Azimuth Detector's (MERAD's) orientation accurately to the vector that defines the rotation of the Earth. This avoids the errors inherent in systems that only use magnetic field information. The MERAD technical approach draws on the high signal-to-noise feature of ATA's MHD sensor technology. The compute intensive nature of the required mechanism control and signal processing algorithms will be implemented in a processor to ensure meeting size and power goals compatible with the need for a man-portable far-target locator capability.

Principal Investigator:

Henry Sebesta
Principal Investigator
5057671202
henry.r.sebesta@aptec.com

Business Contact:

Cathy Mcginnis
Principal Investigator
5057671214
mcginnis@aptec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOC.
1300 Britt SE Albuquerque, NM 87123

EIN/Tax ID: 850236241
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No