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Low SWaP Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyroscope

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D0422C0047
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2678
Amount: $1,486,234.54
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA18-005
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-09-14
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Justin Brown
 (978) 738-8206
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) presents an innovation in the vapor cell physics to support miniaturization and increased environmental resistance of warm vapor cells used in a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) gyroscope currently under development by Northrop Grumman.  The Synthetic Alkali Vapor for Atomic Gyroscopes Experiments (SAVAGE) replaces the rubidium vapor with PSI’s novel Rubidium Alkali-Metal Mixture (RAMM) to address an existing technical challenge in the NMR gyroscope by enabling high temperature operation as well as miniaturization without loss of signal.  This innovation is necessary for adaptation of the NMR gyroscope to Hypervelocity Projectile (HVP) and Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) applications which require reduced form factor gyroscope operation through high dynamic range inertial input and elevated temperature (up to 200°C) associated with projectile launch and flight.  Laboratory testing supports performance projections if the requisite size and temperature conditions can be met.  Under this effort, innovation in the atomic vapor will occur as one of several technology innovations required to meet these objectives.

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