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High Acceleration and Hypervelocity Inertial Measurement Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: HQ003419P0034
Agency Tracking Number: O181-001-0010
Amount: $149,915.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD181-001
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-06
Small Business Information
228 Holmes Avenue Suite 200
Huntsville, AL 35801
United States
DUNS: 796514763
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mike Kranz
 (256) 261-1260
Business Contact
 Kelli Beene
Phone: (256) 261-1260
Research Institution

Gun-launched applications currently expose inertial measurement units (IMUs) to harsh acceleration, shock, and vibration environments. Furthermore, as they become smarter, they present tighter constraints on size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), while still requiring high levels of performance. New accelerometer technology must reduce SWaP-C while operating through high-g acceleration environments that are three times higher than the current state of the art while not significantly reducing sensitivity and resolution, as well as surviving through significantly higher levels of shock. MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) technology provides potential solutions to these challenges. However, the micro-scale features of MEMS accelerometers that enable SWaP-C benefits also tend to reduce performance capabilities. This proposed SBIR effort will develop a reduced SWaP-C MEMS IMU that will survive and operate under these shock conditions. Phase I of the effort will determine the feasibility of a gun-hardened MEMS IMU for harsh environment applications, as well as potential fabrication approaches. The Phase II effort will then prototype the device, as well as and characterize its performance under the anticipated environmental conditions.

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