Precision Gyroscopes for Gyro-Compassing in Man-Portable Target Locator Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-09-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A082-096-0085
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-096
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Coward
 President
 (415) 977-0553
 j.coward@saphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Michael Browne
Title: VP of Product Development
Phone: (408) 348-4426
Email: m.browne@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SA Photonics is pleased to propose our Navigation-Grade Fiber Optic Gyro (NFOG). The target application for this NFOG is to provide high accuracy azimuth data for Far Target Locator systems. For this program, the goal is to replace current Digital Magnetic Compass systems with an inertial product that can provide the accuracy required by the Army. NFOGs are attractive for this type application because in addition to their high performance, they are rugged, long lasting, and compact. Prior to the recent developments made by SA Photonics, users of fiber optic gyros had to make a choice between a gyro being low-cost with moderate performance or high cost and having navigation-grade performance. The techniques developed by SA Photonics will facilitate the production of a navigation-grade FOGs (NFOG) at a significantly reduced cost (NFOG performance at standard FOG cost). These improvements are achieved through SA Photonics EPI, DR and MLS techniques. In addition to these improvement methodologies, SA Photonics has two additional gyro performance enhancements developed prior to this program that will ensure program success and early hardware production.

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