Integrated Inertial Stabilization Mechanism for Laser Pointing Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,940.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-04-C-7061
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-069-1584
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA04-069
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
AMERICAN GNC CORP.
888 Easy Street, Simi Valley, CA, 93065
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
611466855
Principal Investigator:
Ching-Fang Lin
President
(805) 582-0582
cflin@americangnc.com
Business Contact:
Sandee Baker
Director of Contract Admi
(805) 582-0582
sbaker@americangnc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this Phase I project is to design a micro inertial stabilization mechanism with embedded microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors, for laser pointing and stabilization. The stabilization mechanism design is based on AGNC-developed MEMS gyro technology and integrates the mechanical design of the platform with the microelectromechanical design of the inertial sensors. The application of the MEMS inertial sensors makes it possible to build a small, light, low-power, inexpensive and accurate pointing and stabilization system. The proposed inertial stabilization system has two gimbals that allow a mirror surface on the platform to be stabilized inertially, and, thus, the vehicle motion and vibration induced interference to the platform is isolated. This stabilization system meets the airborne application requirements by its small size, light weight, low power, fast beam steering, and reduced cost in design and production. It can be used in aircraft for laser pointing and tracking, camera and telescope stabilization control, optical communications, antenna pointing, telescope stabilization, laser pointing and control, and vehicle guidance. At the end of the project, a demonstration system will be presented.

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