Next Generation Inertial Reference Unit (NG-IRU)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,762.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F33615-03-C-1438
Award Id:
57676
Agency Tracking Number:
021SN-1748
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
081475873
Principal Investigator:
Henry Sebesta
Principal Investigator
(505) 767-1202
sebesta@aptec.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Tenorio
President/CEO
(505) 767-1203
tenorio@aptec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Air Force is pursuing aircraft and satellite-based high power laser systems to engage and destroy missiles at long ranges (hundreds to thousands of kilometers). A precision inertial reference unit (IRU) is critical to successful operation of longrange, high power laser systems for missile defense. The IRU enables the system to accurately point the payload telescope and attached tracking sensors to acquire the target and to hold the laser beam precisely on a vulnerable area. However even the bestcurrent state-of-the-art IRU cannot meet the precision required in some future optical payloads. Phase I feasibility was determined by affirmative results in two criteria: (1) successful design, fabrication and performance test of the key inertialsensor, and (2) simulated performance of the proposed NGIRU design concept at or below the 20-nrad-stabilization error goal. Both of these criteria for feasibility have been met. Three ATA innovations are key to meeting the stringent performance goals ofa state-of-the-art IRU: (1) high-bandwidth, low-noise sensors; (1) an agile, small, symmetric platform; and (3) novel digital algorithms that achieve the requisite active isolation of the IRU from base motion. The Phase II R&D will focus on designing,building, and demonstrating our innovative technology advancements.

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