Micro Disk Systems for Inertial Sensing and Optical Beam Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18017
Amount: $461,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1993
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
261 E. 300 South, Suite 150, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ian Mccammon, Phd
 (801) 531-0559
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Research Institution
Sarcos is currently developing a technology that can lead to low-cost millimeter-scale gyroscopes, multi axis inertial sensors, and very compact laser scanning devices. This technology, called Micro Disk Systems (MDS), is based on levitating a small disk above a VLSI substrate using electrostatic fields. AC stabilization of the fields ensures that the disk position remains suitable, and field-based sensors measure the spatial position of the disk. In a previous contract, we constructed a proof of principle prototype and demonstrated the feasibility of MDS technology. In Phase I, we will design an evaluation system that will address two immediate applications of this technology: 1)inertial sensors (a few millimeters on a side) that determine acceleration magnitude and direction, and 2) a very small laser scanner which can steer an incoming beam. Phase II will focus on construction and testing of the evaluation system, and Phase III will emphasize commercial development.

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