High-End Tactical Grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) Technology for Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-16-C-7731
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2193
Amount: $998,672.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2014
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-019
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Small Business Information
1645 Hicks Road, Suite H, Array, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008
DUNS: 062914119
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Condon
 (847) 358-2592
Business Contact
 Rabia Shahriar
Phone: (847) 358-2592
Email: rrshahriar@aol.com
Research Institution
There is a need for tactical IMUs with better accuracy than the state of the art. We at Digital Optics Technologies (DOT) have been developing the superluminal ring laser gyroscope (SRLG) and superluminal ring laser accelerometer (SRLA). During Phase I of this program, we developed a new design that serves both functions simultaneously, a superluminal ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer (SRLGA). Three SRLGAs combined will produce a superluminal inertial measurement unit (SIMU). Performance parameters for the SIMU are expected to be at least four orders of magnitude better than those for current tactical grade IMUs while meeting the SWaP goals of this program. In Phase II, we will take the laboratory-scale SRLGA we have already assembled and use it as the basis to develop a portable SRLGA that will fit in a 16x20x7 box which will be tested and evaluated. We will also develop the complete design of a compact SIMU that will meet the SWaP goals of less than 20 cubic inches in volume, weighing 1 pound, and using 5W of power, and be robust to shock, vibration and radiation. Construction, testing and commercialization of the SIMU will occur in Phase III. Honeywell will serve as a subcontractor.

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