DRG/ARS Single-Axis Sensor (DASS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7038
Agency Tracking Number: B073-008-0779
Amount: $999,826.00
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
 Darren Laughlin
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 767-1224
Business Contact
 Cathy McGinnis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (505) 767-1214
Email: mcginnis@aptec.com
Research Institution
Proposed Missile Defense Agency (MDA) systems, such as the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS), require high precision gyroscopes for high-resolution Line of Sight (LOS) stabilization, inertial attitude knowledge (IAK), and other high accuracy, space-based acquisition, pointing and tracking (APT) systems. To achieve these mission objectives, MDA is very interested in the development of compact, high performance, space qualified micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) gyro products. The MEMS Disc Resonator Gyro (DRG) being developed has the potential of fulfilling the MDA MEMS gyro requirements when combined with a high frequency angular rate sensor. ATA proposes to develop a hybrid sensor, referred to as the DRG/ARS Single-Axis Sensor (DASS), based on the fusion of the DRG with Applied Technology Associates Magneto-hydrodynamic Angular Rate Sensor (MHD ARS). The DASS development will produce a high accuracy, high bandwidth inertial rate sensor that incorporates miniaturized, radiation hardened electronics to fulfill MDA’s need for a compact, low power, and potentially low cost gyro solution. The DASS can be used for single axis applications or integrated into multiaxis Inertial Reference Units (IRUs) and Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) with the advantage of much smaller size and weight, less power, and also less cost due to the mass production implications of MEMS devices in general. The DASS is expected to enable MDA’s space-borne applications that cannot be fulfilled with current gyro technology, i.e., HRGs, RLGs, FOGs, and DTGs, due to size, weight, power, and cost limitations.

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