MINIATURE, RADIATION HARD ACCELEROMETER FOR KINETIC ENERGY VEHICLE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$275,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4378
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Silicon Designs Inc.
13547 Se 27th Place, Bellevue, WA, 98005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John C. Cole
(206) 643-0627
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
KINETIC-KILL VEHICLES WILL NEED GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND CONTROL SYSTEMS CAPABLE OF OPERATING AFTER LONG PERIODS OF TIME IN A HOSTILE RADIATION ENVIRONMENT. COMPONENTS RESISTANT TO BURNOUT CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO INTENSE LEVELS OF RADIATION MUST ALSO BE SMALL, LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOW-COST. SUITABLE LOW-COST INERTIAL SENSORS--ACCELEROMETERS AND GYROS--AND THE ELECTRONICS NEEDED TO INTERFACE THEM TO MICROPROCESSORS ARE NOT PRESENTLY AVAILABLE. SILICON DESIGNS IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A MINIATURE, LOW-COST, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT ACCELEROMETER COMPLETE WITH MICROPROCESSOR INTERFACING ELECTRONICS. WE BELIEVE THAT THE BASIC DESIGN OF THIS ACCELEROMETER CAN BE EXTENDED TO MEET THE RADIATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KINETIC-ENERGY VEHICLES, ACHIEVING A TOTAL DOSE HARDNESS OF 10 TO THE 6 POWER TO 10 TO THE 7 POWER RADS (SI). SOME PRELIMINARY WORK INDICATES THAT A GULLIUM ARSENIDE VERSION CPABLE OF 10 TO THE 8TH POWER RADS MAY ALSO BE POSSIBLE. IN PHASE II WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP AND TEST A MINIATURE, RADIATION-HARD, LOW-COST ACCELEROMETER THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR KINETIC-ENERGY WEAPONS.

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