Planetary-Whigs: Optical MEMS-Based Seismometer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CF44P
Agency Tracking Number: 114741
Amount: $124,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.09
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, -
DUNS: 969868298
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dominique Fourguette
 Principal Investigator
 (734) 975-8777
Business Contact
 John Dodds
Title: Business Official
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Research Institution
During this Phase I, Michigan Aerospace Corporation will adapt the design of an optical MEMS seismometer for lunar and other planetary science instrumentation. The optical MEMS based seismometer takes advantage of the high Q of morphological dependent resonances and can be sensitive to a few nano-g with a proof mass under 80 grams. The three-axis seismometer, originally designed for field applications, will be rugged, compact and low power (<160 mW per channel). During the Phase I effort, MAC will develop the design for the instrumentation, with specific attention to the environmental conditions encountered on the lunar surface, in particular the large temperature excursions and galactic cosmic radiation. During Phase II, an engineering model will be fabricated, tested and demonstrated.

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