Low Cost, High Performance Inertial Rate Sensors - Airborne

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7150
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1171
Amount: $93,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-181
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOC.
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
DUNS: 081475873
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Darren Laughlin
 Chief Engineer, Sensors and Systems
 (505) 767-1224
 laughlin@aptec.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Stein
Title: Director Finance, Contracts & Admin
Phone: (505) 767-1231
Email: stein@aptec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For Airborne Inertial Rate Sensors, Applied Technology Associates (ATA) proposes to introduce a unique and enabling gyroscope technology based upon the principles of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) that meet all requirements for ABL operation, including flight environment, extreme slew and in precision track. The Enhanced MHD Effect Rate Gyro (EMERG) has the highest potential of outperforming existing gyro technologies at a significantly lower cost to produce. MHD Sensors can provide extremely accurate inertial pointing knowledge and platform stability for long-range line of sight stabilization, as well as offering long term performance stability, high ruggedness and reliability, and low radiation susceptability. EMERG will exhibit virtually all of the desirable features of ATA's passive MHD rate sensors such as low linear acceleration sensitivity, low cross axis angular sensitivity (cross coupling), ultra-low noise, and relatively low cost. Another key feature is that the EMERG will be able to measure high angular rates and accelerations over large bandwidths.

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