Light Weight Electronic Pointing Device

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,996.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-07-C-0159
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-199-3799
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-199
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
KVH INDUSTRIES, INC.
50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI, 02842
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
093207215
Principal Investigator:
Arent Kits van Heyningen
Chief Scientist, Prin. In
(401) 847-3327
akvh@kvh.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Conway
VP Business Development
(401) 845-8112
dconway@kvh.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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