Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) for Improving the Performance of Small Robotic Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0679
Agency Tracking Number: A022-3268
Amount: $728,903.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A02-250
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI, 02842
DUNS: 093207215
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Monte
 Principal Photonics Engin
 (708) 444-3817
 tmonte@kvh.com
Business Contact
 Daniel Comway
Title: VP Military Business Deve
Phone: (401) 845-8112
Email: dconway@kvh.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, KVH Industries designed and prototyped a micro-machined all-fiber optic phase modulator and subsequently measured the modulator performance in a Sagnac interferometer gyroscope to prove feasibility of the approach. The micro-machined D fiber phase modulator is an enabling device to allow a robust and low cost effective rotation sensor for a diverse range of rotation rate sensor applications. In Phase II, KVH Industries proposes to carry out design and manufacturing process studies to optimize the performance of the micro-machined all-fiber phase modulator, and to integrate the new phase modulator into a fiber optic gyro (FOG). The end result of this investigation and subsequent implementations should be a rotation rate sensor design suitable for small robotic platforms, including Army unmanned ground vehicles, with a bias stability goal of less than 0.1º to 1º per hour and a cost goal of $1,000 or less per gyro axis.

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