Low Cost, Strapdown Integrated Seeker

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,078.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0087
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0810
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA05-010
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Thies
Principal Investigator
(256) 489-8963
athies@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Bice
Sr. Contract Administrator
(256) 489-8964
kbice@radiancetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The cost, mass, and performance of the homing seeker in systems such as THAAD are primarily driven by the requirement for precision target detection, tracking, and imaging for aimpoint selection in the presence of shock and vibration from aerodynamic buffeting and propulsion system operation. These systems require precision gyros, very low friction gimbals, and fairly large torquer motors for stability and pointing; and usually stabilize the focal plane assembly. This proposal presents a lower cost, lower weight solution for Line-of-Sight (LOS) pointing and stabilization. It utilizes a breakthrough in piezoelectric devices known as PBP actuators. The PBP technology overcomes the disadvantages of earlier piezoelectric control devices. The PBP based Fast Stabilization Mirrors (FSM's) will provide a lighter, lower power, smaller part count, and lower cost solution to LOS tracking and stabilization.

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