Compact Actuation Technology for Spin Stabilized Munitions (CATS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,945.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-14-C-0004
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A131-012-0449
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13-012
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106823607
Principal Investigator:
Shiv Joshi
Principal Investigator
(310) 626-8360
sjoshi@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact:
Zoltan Feher
Manager, Contracts and Pricing
(310) 626-8384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NextGen Aeronautics (NextGen) is proposing an innovative actuation concept that minimizes SWaP impact on munitions. The proposed actuation system will be designed to survive ultra-high gun-fired munitions inertial loads, insensitive requirements, long storage, and transportation conditions. Explosive micro-charge arrays addressed by flexible electronics are proposed to create precisely timed and located micro-impulses to correct or modify flight trajectories of gun-fired munitions stabilized by high spin rates. The thin film electronic switching technology developed by NextGen for distributed strain sensing will be modified to trigger an explosive impulse. Our solution will minimize the use of internal space and save weight compared to SOA actuation alternatives for small munitions. NextGen will develop printed diode based switching to resistively heat a thin film heating element with multilayer detonation initiator layers on it igniting the explosive charge for impulsive force creation. In Phase I, NextGen will concentrate on analytical modeling to prove feasibility of the proposed concept in meeting the quantitative requirements. NextGen will also perform critical micro-thruster timing and impulse measurement experiments in Phase I. A prototype of the flight trajectory correction actuation system will be developed and tested in Phase II.

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