LOW COST ANGULAR RATE SENSOR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15786
Amount: $280,764.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Technology Associates
Po Box 9154, Albuquerque, NM, 87119
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darren Laughlin
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 247-8371
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATES, INC., (ATA) DESIGNED, FABRICATED, AND PERFORMED AN INITIAL TEST OF A DEVICE WHICH REPRESENTS A NEW CONCEPT FOR AN INERTIAL, ANGULAR RATE SENSOR. THE SENSOR UTILIZES A MERCURY PROOF MASS WHOSE ANGULAR RATE IS DETERMINED FROM THE VOLTAGE GENERATED AS THE MERCURY MOVES THROUGH A MAGNETIC FIELD. THE DEVICE HAS NO PRECISION PARTS NOR MOVING PARTS EXCEPT LIQUID MERCURY. THIS SENSOR HAS THE POTENTIAL TO FULFILL THE ARMY'S NEED FOR A RUGGED, LOW-COST COMPONENT IN A BATTLEFIELD NAVIGATION SYSTEM. THIS PHASE I SBIR PROGRAM WILL MEASURE THE IMPORTANT PARAMETERS WHICH CHARACTERIZE THE PERFORMANCE OF A NAVIGATION GRADE ANGULAR SENSOR, INCLUDING SCALE FACTOR, LINEARITY, NOISE, RESOLUTION, DRIFT RATE, AND TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY. BASED ON THE PHASE I TEST RESULTS, A SENSOR OPTIMIZED FOR THE ARMY'S REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DESIGNED FOR FABRICATION AND TESTING IN PHASE II. THE UNIT COST FOR PRODUCTION IN PHASE III WILL BE ESTIMATED. THE PERFORMANCE AND COST OF THE SENSOR WILL BE COMPARED WITH OTHER CANDIDATES SUCH AS THE HUMPHREY AND HONDA SENSORS. THIS PROGRAM WILL CAPITALIZE ON ATA STAFF'S KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE GAINED IN CARRYING AN ANGULAR VIBRATION SENSOR OF SIMILAR CONSTRUCTION FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION.

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