Next Generation Gimbal (NGG)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-08-C-7815
Agency Tracking Number: B073-008-0777
Amount: $99,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-008
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
DUNS: 081475873
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 767-1202
Business Contact
 Cathy McGinnis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (505) 767-1214
Research Institution
Applied Technology Associates (ATA) proposes innovations in the design and mechanizations of space gimbals and their electrical and pointing controls. This new paradigm for a gimbal design is denoted the Next Generation Gimbal (NGG) and yields a gimbal system that is lighter, uses less power, and exhibits better performance. The technology innovations that will be exploited in creating the NGG include: • On-Gimbal IMU for precise and accurate pointing control and stabilization; • Momentum storage and exchange mechanisms to achieave more efficient power utilization than conventional gimbal motors; • Innovative mode logic and control algorithms to optimize overall mass, power, function, and performance; • Advanced gimbal subsystem control electronics hosted on flexible, small, low-power FPGA processors with characteristics suitable for space environments; • Material selections that are compatible with optical payload gimbal applications. The combination of these new gimbal design approaches, advanced technologies, and new control and operating philosophies offer great promise and allows us to reach the goals of SBIR Topic MDA07-008.

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