High Performance MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit for Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-18-C-7246
Agency Tracking Number: B172-015-0193
Amount: $149,744.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA17-015
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-11-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-05
Small Business Information
5100 Springfield Street, Dayton, OH, 45431
DUNS: 782766831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Sivaram Gogineni
 (937) 266-9570
Business Contact
 Dr. Sukesh Roy
Phone: (937) 902-6546
Email: contact@spectralenergies.com
Research Institution
The proposed project aims to pursue an innovative approach of utilizing deep learning algorithms to improve the performance of state-of-the-art MEMS Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to push their performance to fullest extent possible as replacements for existing Fiber Optic Gyroscopes (FOG) systems for navigation and guidance in future missile system avionics including Sounding Rockets. During Phase I, the proposed team will evaluate artificial intelligence algorithms to model noisy MEMS sensor data. A deep learning methodology will be employed to effectively define complex, compositional nonlinear functions, to learn distributed and hierarchical feature representations, and to make effective inference of both labeled and unlabeled data. We plan on implementing machine learning algorithm on a FPGA platform after identifying the most promising software algorithms. The Phase I program is ambitious by design but we believe that research plans are realistic and achievable because of our expertise and resources accumulated from on-going research in the areas of inertial sensor design, machine learning, and microelectronics. The prototype hardware is useful for ground testing and to demonstrate that the proposed solution can meet flight environments. At the end of Phase II, a prototype will be ready to be flown on a sounding rocket flight test.Approved for Public Release | 17-MDA-9395(24 Oct 17)

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