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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAE07-03-C-L08
Agency Tracking Number: A022-3268
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI, 02842
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Monte
 Principal Investigator
 (708) 444-3817
Business Contact
 Martin Kits van Heyningen
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (401) 847-3327
Email: mkvh@kvh.com
Research Institution
KVH proposes to micro-machine its proprietary ECore D-shaped polarization maintaining (PM) optical fiber to make an all-fiber micro-machined optical phase modulator that will enable Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) instruments toachieve Northfinding requirement and cost and size reductions suitable for robAotic applications. Our goal at the completion of a follow-on Phase II contract would be to deliver a small, less than $5,000 DTUPC, Northfinding-capable GPS/INS device. Thisproposed system would be exceptionally well suited for ensuring precise navigation, orientation, stabilization, and North reference pointing on a robotics platform integrated with GPS but capable of independent operation during GPS outages. KVH proposes touse an open-loop FOG that employs a broadband, solid-state optical source, KVH ECore PM fiber components (couplers and polarizer), and a new, all-PM micro-machined fiber phase modulator. Potential commercial applications for the all-fiber micro-machinedoptical phase modulator and the resulting small, less than $5,000 DTUPC, Northfinding-capable GPS/INS device include: high-performance military land navigation systems for the Future Combat System, Interim and legacy Combat Vehicles; precision navigationgyros to the industrial/factory robot market; optical pointing systems where Earth-referenced orientation and precision stabilization is a requirement; and Automated high-end precision agriculture systems.

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