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Magnetic reference sensor for GPS-free navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-20-P-5015
Agency Tracking Number: F20A-T002-0052
Amount: $149,634.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20A-T002
Solicitation Number: 20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-16
Small Business Information
300 Deer Creek Drive
Plainsboro, NJ 08536-1111
United States
DUNS: 794039441
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Kornack
 (609) 759-0859
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Foley
Phone: (609) 759-0859
Research Institution
 Princeton University
 Michael Romalis
Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08544-0000
United States

 (609) 258-5586
 Nonprofit College or University

Magnetic navigation using measurements of the Earth's crustal magnetic field variation is a promising new approach for use by aircraft flying in a GPS-denied environment. The magnetic signature of the crust cannot be masked or jammed. We propose to develop a magnetic field reference sensor ideally suited for magnetic navigation: it must measure the total magnetic field with high sensitivity and accuracy in all orientations. All commercial total field magnetometers have a dead axis or a dead plane. A second goal is to develop a low-cost and easily manufacturable sensor package.  In Phase I we propose to build and demonstrate the core sensor performance in preparation for further development in Phase II. At the end of a Phase II program we plan to have rugged and reliable prototype sensors available for testing and use.

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