Four dimensional (4-D) Atmospheric and Oceanographic Instrumentation

Period of Performance: 04/11/2000 - 10/31/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Milli Sensor Systems & Actuators
93 Border Street
West Newton, MA 02465
Principal Investigator


We propose to develop the requirements and initial design for an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to aid in the measurement of physical METOC variables. The IMU can be part of a motion sensor module which can be deployed as an expendable, autonomous vehicle to measure fluid motion directly in either the oceanographic or atmospheric medium. The IMU effort centers on the requirements for the total integration of gyros and accelerometers as well as electronics on a single chip. The products developed in Phase III will be of direct use in government programs such as ERGM, WCMD, Land Warrior, and all programs that require MEMS inertial sensors. Commercial and consumer applications include: headsets for computer-based interactive training and entertainment ("virtual reality" applications); man-portable systems for navigation in hostile environments, such as firefighter safety systems; and other applications for stablization tracking and location-determination.