Flexible Circuit Assessment for 40mm Surveillance Projectiles

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Keystone Automation
201 Clark Road Array
Duryea, PA 18642
Principal Investigator


The objective of this project is to develop flexible circuits for use in a 40mm guided, extended flight surveillance projectile. This projectile will contain miniature control and actuation systems, a surveillance system to provide real-time video, and an autopilot system for autonomous operation. Flexible circuits will be used to mount and connect the electrical components of the projectile. Due to the small size and flexibility of flexible circuits, they will be mounted in a manner that will save considerable space inside of the projectile. The lower mass and secure mounting of flexible circuits will also prevent damage to electrical components during launch. All components will be designed and tested to withstand launch parameters of 4,000 psi and 22,000 G?s. This project will utilize innovative methods to miniaturize electrical systems components including, but not limited to: reconstruction of circuits on a flexible medium, developing a flexible circuit wiring harness, secure mounting of a flexible circuit to the curved inner surface of the projectile, and the use of flexible circuits as antennae.