Micro Electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) Safe & Arm for Rocket Motor Ignition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-15-C-7109
Agency Tracking Number: B142-022-0264
Amount: $124,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-022
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-12-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-07-21
Small Business Information
324 St. Joseph St., Suite 202, Rapid City, SD, 57701-2829
DUNS: 806339656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Gina Kim
 (605) 341-3641
Business Contact
 Gina Kim
Title: PMO
Phone: (605) 341-3641
Email: gkim@blackhillsnano.com
Research Institution
Ignition of rocket motors can be performed using low-volt firing components, but MIL-STD-1901A requires mechanical isolation for safety. While traditional safe & arm devices are available, they are relatively large and heavy. Recent progress in MEMS has developed miniature safe & arm devices for low-cost munitions such as 40MM grenade and airburst munitions. The Black Hills Nanosystems team has developed a low-cost silicon-based safe & arm solution based on commercial manufacturing processes. The technology is relative mature, and safe & arm devices have demonstrated survivability in high-g acceleration gun launches. The proposed SBIR Phase I project aims to adapt the MEMS safe & arm technology for rocket motor applications. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-8047 (14 Nov 14)

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