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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$728,903.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W56HZV-04-C-0679
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A022-3268
Solicitation Topic Code:
A02-250
Small Business Information
KVH INDUSTRIES, INC.
50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI, 02842
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
093207215
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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