Multifunctional MEMS-based Safe & Arm Device Fully Integrated with an Arm Fire Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0240
Agency Tracking Number: 031-0535
Amount: $69,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91107
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amish Desai
 Senior MEMS Scientist
 (626) 792-3000
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinniene
Title: Controller
Phone: (626) 792-3000
Research Institution
Tanner Research has over 3-years experience with MEMS-based out-of-line S&A design and fabrication, including the development of embedded micro detonators, micro initiators and digitally controlled micro thrusters. We propose to leverage this experienceto: (1) Work with missile system experts to determine what S&A and Arm Fire (AF) device functionality is required; (2) determine if/how a MEMS-based design(s) provides this required functionality; (3) develop preliminary MEMS-based design concepts for anintegrated S&A and AF device; and, (4) using the Tanner Research MEMS fabrication facilities, demonstrate manufacturability of functional prototype hardware mockups in silicon. Tanner Research's S&A designs have combined materials/mechanical functionalitywith electrical and chemical functionality on a planar surface, to implement a multifunctional MEMS-based S&A/AF design, with out-of-line functionality, for multiple use/reuse.MEMS-based safe and arm (S&A) devices are being manufactured for future use with medium caliber air bursting munitions with high `g' setback and spin environments providing energy to move mass and energetics. Unfortunately, the mass fabrication designconcepts are not considered as important as function, usually leading to incredibly expensive implementations some of which have increased the production cost per S&A device from $2.50 to over $50 each. Develop rapid prototyping and low cost mass fabrication concepts to determine feasibility and cost-effectiveness of integrating MEMS-based S&A and AF devices into existing rocket and missile propulsion units.

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