Light Weight Electronic Pointing Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-07-C-0159
Agency Tracking Number: A052-199-3799
Amount: $729,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-199
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI, 02842
DUNS: 093207215
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arent Kits van Heyningen
 Chief Scientist, Prin. In
 (401) 847-3327
Business Contact
 Daniel Conway
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (401) 845-8112
Research Institution
KVH Industries plans to take advantage of the work performed in Phase I, as well as some extensive internally-funded R&D, to create an affordable, accurate, FOG-based Northfinder. The Phase II approach entails designing a true null seeking servo driven system, using a highly accurate single-axis FOG to measure earth’s rotation rate, integrated with two accelerometers for pitch and roll measurements. When treated as a target, North can be detected as the FOG is rotated until it ultimately measures ‘zero.’ The FOG optical circuit will be made from a small-diameter KVH fiber wound on a bobbin using a Quadrupole winding technique. Since the Phase I effort, KVH's small-diameter fiber has been perfected and tested with Quadrupole winding on standard production FOGs. Results of the accelerometer work performed in Phase I show that the pitch and roll accuracies required can be achieved, and an early Northfinding prototype recently built by KVH shows achievable North finding accuracy as well.

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