Long-Life, High Accuracy Gyro-Stabilized Antenna Pointing System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0109
Agency Tracking Number: F093-059-2311
Amount: $99,648.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-059
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics
460 West 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kiel Davis
 VP, Engineering
 (646) 459-7809
 davis@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (646) 459-7802
Email: chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Satellite Communication (SATCOM) is a precious warfighter resource. SATCOM often provides the only information medium capable of delivering required voice, imaging, and video information to military assets in deployed locations. Modern broadband SATCOM satellites, such as AEHF, include small high-gain steerable spot beams to deliver flexible coverage where needed in theater. Such spot-beam systems require antenna assemblies to be precision pointed to optimize system performance. The ability of the spacecraft bus and subsystems to provide stable antenna pointing therefore becomes of increasingly important. Next generation steerable spot beam antenna systems will need to operate for longer periods of time at higher frequencies (gains) and therefore will have increasingly narrow half-power beamwidth (HPBW) and very tight pointing accuracy requirements. To meet this need, advanced Gimbaled Dish Antennas (GDA) with increased pointing accuracy and improved reliability (longer life) will be required. Honeybee Robotics proposes to develop a two-axis active gyrostabilized gimbal system for long-life (> 20 year), high accuracy (total error < 0.005°) RF antenna pointing applications. The proposed effort will initially focus on developing a compact, cost-effective rate gyroscope that out performs comparable state-of-the-art gyros by an order of magnitude in accuracy and lifetime. The rate gyroscope is considered a key to success. BENEFIT: The benefit of the proposed development to the warfighter will be high reliability, high data rate broadband communications in remote regions not covered by fixed RF antenna assets. Commercial applications of the proposed development and its derivative products include commercial, military and intelligence broadband satellite, aircraft and other mobile high-gain antenna pointing applications.

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