Compact Optical Inertial Tracking for Launch Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$124,997.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX12CF05P
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
115297
Solicitation Topic Code:
O4.01
Small Business Information
MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
11 Ward Street, Somerville, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
021366690
Principal Investigator
 Caleb Christensen
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 661-8300
 caleb@magiqtech.com
Business Contact
 Anton Zavriyev
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 661-8300
Email: anton@magiqtech.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
We propose a method for developing a miniature all-optical Inertial Navigation System. In an optical INS, the rotation sensitivity depends on the area enclosed by a circular optical path, so it is impossible to significantly reduce the size of a standard fiber optic gyroscope or ring laser gyroscope without sacrificing sensitivity. However, using the phenomenon of fast last, which we will produce through Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in a fiber, the sensitivity of a ring laser gyro of a given size can be enhanced by up to 106. We will use a fiber-based, fast-light enhanced ring laser gyroscope to maintain the sensitivity of existing optical gyroscopes while greatly reducing the physical size of the sensing element. Combined with photonic integrated circuit technologies and standard optical accelerometers, the entire INS package can be greatly reduced in size, weight, and power, resulting in a rugged, compact, high sensitivity INS ideal for launch vehicles and spacecraft.

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