NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 O1.03-8238
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Communiction for Space-Based Range
PROPOSAL TITLE:Tactical Grade MEMS IMUs for Spin-Stabilized Rockets

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MilliSensor Systems and Actuators, Inc.
93 Border Street
West Newton ,MA 02465 - 2013
(617) 965 - 4872

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Donato (Dan)   Cardarelli
dcardarelli@mssainc.com
93 Border Street
West Newton, MA  02465 -2013
(857) 229 - 1417

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
We propose a tactical grade MEMS IMU for spin-stabilized rockets for metric tracking and autonomous systems. The enabling instrument is a gyroscope designed for very low cross-axis sensitivity. The IMU is formed by integrating all the gyroscopes and accelerometers on a single, planar chip. An advantage of integration is the well-defined alignment of all instruments with respect to the spin axis. During Phase I we propose to design and fabricate a complete IMU and conduct a proof-of-concept test of the enabling gyroscope under high, cross-axis spin rate.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
While the proposed work is to address NASA's specific need for tactical grade IMUs which can function on spin stabilized rockets for GPS/IMU Metric Tracking and Autonomous Systems, MSSA's Integrated MEMS IMU technology described within this proposal can provide guidance sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, inertial measurement units to satisfy a range of NASA's Guidance, Navigation and Control sensor requirements. MSSA's inertial instrument technology has the potential to satisfy NASA's performance requirements with significantly reduced mass, power, volume and cost.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The targeted applications for MSSA's MEMS inertial instruments are for guidance & navigation of autonomous air and land vehicles, for short-range and long-range missiles, for general aviation and private aircraft, for homeland security and disaster relief applications, and for selected applications in military, scientific and commercial satellites.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Guidance, Navigation, and Control


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