Innovative Motion Measurement Package (M2P) for Guided and Un-Guided Munitions

Period of Performance: 11/14/2015 - 05/23/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Orbital Research, Inc.
4415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Principal Investigator


Current and future munitions will require innovative sensor packages to accurately measure and estimate their motion during and after gun launch. This technology must be low Size, Weight and Power to fit within guided/unguided munitions. Orbital Research will leverage its extensive experience in the development of gun-hardened electronics to develop an innovative Motion-Measurement-Package (M2P) that provides accurate measurement/estimation of the projectile?s angular motion, acceleration, velocity, and orientation throughout flight. Through the Phase I effort, Orbital will investigate effects from gun-launch that can impact the performance of the M2P, and formulate a technology plan that will provide the required data throughout launch. Through engineering analyses, candidate solution(s) will be designed and the unique capabilities and limitations of each will be identified. Functional testing will be carried out in the laboratory to evaluate the performance of key components, subsystems and prototype M2P units. Orbital will utilize their in-house High-G Shock Test Equipment to perform experimental testing of physical prototypes in a laboratory setting. This high-g testing is capable of matching the gun-launch acceleration levels that the M2P will be subjected to, providing key insight into the survivability of preliminary designs. Phase I success will provide preliminary design(s) for follow-on test and evaluation.