Next Generation Gimbal (NGG)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,980.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-09-C-7041
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-008-0777
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA07-008
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Small Business Information
Applied Technology Associates
1300 Britt SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
081475873
Principal Investigator:
Henry Sebesta
Principal Investigator
(505) 767-1202
henry.r.sebesta@aptec.com
Business Contact:
Cathy McGinnis
Contracts Manager
(505) 767-1214
mcginnis@aptec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A-Tech Corporation, d.b.a. Applied Technology Associates (ATA), is innovating the design and mechanizations of space gimbals and their electronics 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: an on-gimbal IRU for precise and accurate pointing control and stabilization; an operating configuration that provides a drive system that does not impose reactions on the spacecraft bus; 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 (including radiation environments); and material selections that are compatible with optical payload gimbal applications. A combination of these new gimbal design approaches, advanced technologies, and new control and operating philosophies offer great promise and allows ATA to reach the goals of SBIR Topic MDA07-008.

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