Integrated Micro-Inertial Sensors For GPS Denied Navigation Using Fast-Light Enhanced Ring Laser Gyroscopes and Accelerometers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,998.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-13-M-0073
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-065-1478
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-065
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
1645 Hicks Road, Suite R, Rolling Meadows, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
062914119
Principal Investigator:
ShihTseng
Staff Engineer
(847) 358-2592
stseng7@aol.com
Business Contact:
RabiaShahriar
President
(847) 358-2592
rrshahriar@aol.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: For navigation of space platforms under GPS denied conditions, there is a need for micro-inertial sensors, with better accuracy and smaller volume and weight than the state of the art. We at Digital Optics Technologies (DOT) have been developing a superluminal ring laser gyroscope (SRLG) that can improve the accuracy of rotation sensing by nearly six orders of magnitude. Alternatively, for a given accuracy need, the SRLG can be very small. DOT has also developed the architecture for a superluminal ring laser accelerometer (SRLA), which can achieve a sensitivity of 10 pico-g/root-Hz. Under Phase I, we will demonstrate technical feasibility of realizing a compact inertial measurement unit (IMU) that would comprise three SRLGs and three SRLAs for all-axes sensing, utilizing miniature vapor cells, integrated optical components, detectors and lasers. In addition to miniaturization, a key focus of this effort would be to develop requisite components that would be suitable for space platforms. To this end, we will carry out analysis and test for radiation hardening, extreme temperature variations, and tolerance for high-G situations. Development of a prototype that would meet the size, weight, power and performance goals would be carried out in Phase II. Honeywell, Triad Technology, and International Photonics Consultants would be subcontractors. Dr. Selim Shahriar, inventor of the SRLG and the SRLA and the chief scientific adviser at DOT, will coordinate the overall effort. BENEFIT: Three SRLAs, combined with three SRLGs, can be used to realize a high accuracy IMU that is very compact and light weight. Such an IMU could also be relatively inexpensive. An IMU of this type could have a significant impact on guidance, navigation and control systems for spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, kill vehicles, smart munitions, and other applications requiring precision inertial knowledge. Non-DoD applications include spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, as well as commercial aircraft inertial navigation systems

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