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Inertial Reference Corrective Approaches to Complementary Antenna Pedestal Gyro…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
97394
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-140-0471
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-140
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Inertial Reference Corrective Approaches to Complementary Antenna Pedestal Gyro Units
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1817
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

Gyros are commonly used to measure the rotation of antenna pedestal platforms to enable very accurate antenna pointing. These gyros need to have very good angular stability and work over uncontrolled platform environment. But gyros currently deployed in this application space lack the needed long term stability and are therefore coupled with expensive inertial navigation system (INS) antenna reference units to compensate. The INS adds complexity and cost to the overall system. SA Photonics is pleased to propose the development of a standalone, low cost, high stability navigation-grade Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG). This gyro is well suited for sensing an antenna's pointing direction, and it does not rely on other navigation systems to provide signal referencing. We use our low Angular Random Walk (ARW) and low bias drift technologies to achieve outstanding long-term angular stability. BENEFIT: SA Photonics will use technical solutions developed at SA Photonics to produce a standalone, low cost, high stability navigation-grade Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) for both defense and commercial applications. For defense applications, these systems can be used for measuring the rotation of antenna pedestal platforms, for Missile interceptor programs such as THAAD, Multiple Kill Vehicle and Kinetic Energy Interceptor and for ground vehicle navigation, UAV navigation and control, shipboard applications. For commercial applications, these systems can be used for commercial and private aircraft and ship navigation. With these technologies, the FOG will have the following performance: High Stability: Angular stability < 1o, 3, in 24 hours Wide Temperature Range: -50oC to 85oC High Angular Rate: > 100o/sec Low cost relative to other gyros with similar performance

Principal Investigator:

Jim Coward
CEO
4159770553
j.coward@saphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Andrea Singewald
CFO
9709213401
a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SA Photonics
650 5th Street Suite 505 San Francisco, CA 94107

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No