MEMS-Based Sensor System for Gun Tubes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-12-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A112-090-0170
Amount: $149,587.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-090
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Creare, Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Sorensen
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 phs@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The targeting accuracy of mortar rounds is critically dependent on obtaining accurate gun barrel azimuth and elevation data to feed to the fire control system. Current barrel attitude determination is not sufficiently accurate and requires manual readouts. Creare proposes to build a sensor for the determination of azimuth and elevation using novel MEMS rate gyros and inclinometers. These highly accurate sensing elements will meet or exceed required accuracy of 1 to 3 mils. The sensor will be packaged in a rugged enclosure that will fit directly onto the barrel. We have included additional MEMS sensors to provide high rate data even after a mortar round has been fired and the barrel may have moved. Creare plans to test a benchtop design in Phase I to prove feasibility of our design and deliver complete field-ready prototypes at the end of Phase II.

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