Next Generation Gimbal (NGG)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7041
Agency Tracking Number: B073-008-0777
Amount: $999,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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
 Henry Sebesta
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 767-1202
Business Contact
 Cathy McGinnis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (505) 767-1214
Research Institution
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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