FEASIBILITY OF A REDUCED POWER-CONSUMPTION MAGNETOMETER FOR USE IN A DIGICOMP LENSATIC COMPASS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9007
Amount: $242,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Precision Navigation Inc.
Po Box 6150, Stanford, CA, 94309
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Hsu
 (415) 323-2001
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS THE INVESTIGATION OF THE USE OF THE VARIABLE PERMEABILITY MAGNETOMETER, DEVELOPED BY PRECISION NAVIGATION, INC. (PNI), FOR A HAND-HELD DIGITAL LENSATIC COMPASS (DIGICOM). THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO HVE POWER CONSUMPTION REQUIREMENTS WHICH ARE OVER AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE BELOW CURRENT FLUX-GATE TECHNOLOGY, WITH COMPARABLE SIZE REQUIREMENTS. PRIMARY RESEARCH WILL BE DIRECTED TOWARDS OPTIMIZING THE POWER CONSUMPTION OF THE EXISTING DESIGN AND WILL PROVIDE QUANTIFIED ESTIMATES OF OPERATING LIFE FROM COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE BATTERIES. RESEARCH WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF INCORPORATION OF PERFORMANCE FEATURES NOT PRESENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE M2 LENSATIC COMPASS. THESE INCLUDE: A CLINOMETER, ALREADY DESIGNED AND BUILT BY PNI FOR TILT COMPENSATION OF THE COMPASS, MEMORY FOR STORING READINGS, CALCULATOR FUNCTIONS, AUTOMATIC MAGNETIC DECLINATION CORRECTION, TIMEKEEPING. THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF EACH FEATURE ON POWER CONSUMPTION WILL BE ADDRESSED. IN ADDITION, OVERALL SIZE AND WEIGHT ISSUES WILL BE ADDRESSED.

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