Low-Cost, High-Performance Inertial Rate Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-1191
Agency Tracking Number: F061-213-0436
Amount: $849,763.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-213
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Behzad Moslehi
 (408) 565-9004
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: CEO/CTO
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Email: bm@ifos.com
Research Institution
A number of emerging terrestrial and airborne defense systems require high-resolution Line of Sight (LOS) stabilization, which in turn requires high-accuracy, wide-bandwidth gyroscopes. Existing gyroscopes have two main deficiencies: their bandwidth is too low for these applications, and they do not deliver sufficient Angle Random Walk (ARW) performance within the application constraints for noise, size, power consumption, and environmental sensitivity. Current gyroscopes that meet these constraints have ARW performance that is orders of magnitude worse than what high-resolution LOS stabilization requires, while gyros that meet the ARW performance targets are large and have poor environmental sensitivity. IFOS team-members are pioneers in the development of Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes (FOGs), and propose to develop new FOGs that can meet the needs of LOS stabilization. These innovative gyros will be developed using a combination of new components, new coil production methods, and new control techniques. Phase-I focused on design details, trade-offs and production of a proof-of-concept FOG with good ARW performance and a path to meet LOS stabilization requirements. IFOS assembled a complementary team of collaborators including a major aerospace company. In Phase II, the IFOS team will work to optimize and fabricate four complete engineering prototype FOGs for the LOS stabilization target application.

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