Solid State Gyroscope for Advanced Interceptors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7804
Agency Tracking Number: B112-012-0436
Amount: $99,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-012
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
AET, Inc.
1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 225, Melbourne, FL, -
DUNS: 878400068
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Hess
 Chief Technical Officer
 (321) 727-0328
Business Contact
 Thomas Sanders, Jr.
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 727-0328
Research Institution
The objective of this SBIR project is to develop a solid state gyroscope for use in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) hardware for current and next generation interceptor systems. The gyroscope will operate on the principle of inertial sensing by the manipulation of electron trajectory in a vacuum. Electrons emitted by a diamond cold cathode are attracted with a net directional velocity to an anode. In the absence of external forces, a steady-state flow of electrons to the anode will arise for a given electric field between the anode and cathode. However, the occurrence of an external force will alter the path of the electrons. By arranging multiple anodes in relation to the emission source, the external force may be quantified. These external forces may be G-forces (acceleration, deceleration, and inertial change). The proposed diamond solid state gyroscope will be extremely sensitive to the desired forces yet insensitive to temperature, radiation and other un-intended forces. In the proposed Phase I program, AET will design the solid state gyroscope and demonstrate feasibility through modeling, simulation, for various load and environmental conditions.

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