Advanced Interceptor Avionics

Period of Performance: 05/03/2010 - 11/02/2010


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SA Photonics
120 Knowles Dr. Array
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Principal Investigator


As more countries hostile to the U.S. gain access to and develop ballistic missile technology, the threat of attack against U.S. territory or its allies steadily increases. The continued advancement of Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) interceptors to support longer range missions on more flexible and agile vehicles is crucial to counter this threat. These advanced interceptors require substantially smaller navigation systems with a high degree of subsystem integration. In response to this needed technology, SA Photonics has developed a concept design for CIMS An ultra-compact inertial measurement unit for advanced seeker line of site stabilization. CIMS is a 3-axis Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) with a 3-axis accelerometer built using a high level of sub-system integration. Key technologies developed by SA Photonics reduce the form factor of this navigational grade IMU, without comprising performance. CIMS versatile architecture will provide systems integrators the best opportunity to position inertial sensors at the optimal location in advanced interceptors, in spaces 8X smaller than traditional navigation grade IMU s deployed today.