Compact Optical Inertial Reference Unit (COIRU)
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-010
Topic Title: Compact Optical Inertial Reference Unit (COIRU)
Proposal No.: N131-010-0106
Firm: Applied Technology Associates
1300 Britt SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123-3353
Contact: Rick Walter
Phone: (505) 767-1235
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Abstract: ATA proposes to develop a Compact Optical Inertial Reference Unit (COIRU) to address the requirements of the Optical Inertial Reference Unit (OIRU) for Navy Tactical Airborne High Energy Laser (HEL) Application solicitation. The COIRU proposes the following innovative technical approach to address the customer challenges:  Single center mounted spinning mass gyroscope as the inertial stabilization sensor  Gyroscope rotor caging to the gyroscope case using a stable platform actuators controller design  Swappable fiber-coupled laser source that does not degrade optical alignment  Gyroscope signals digitized in the base of the COIRU mechanism  A simple digital and power interface for operation ATA's proposed COIRU addresses all of the requirements of the solicitation topic and offers improved optical IRU performance in an incredibly small package (2"x2"x2") at a very low price ($120,000/unit). ATA anticipates a successful Phase I and Phase II effort will provide a very small optical IRU that can operate in a wide variety of military environments including airborne, ground, and sea-based. Because of the COIRU's small size and performance capability, it can support a wide variety of applications such as high-energy lasers, target designation, laser radar and laser countermeasure systems.
Benefits: ATA has been developing technology for the U.S. Government and Aerospace contractors since 1975. During this time, we have developed outstanding relationships that we will leverage to bring the COIRU technology to market. ATA's success in generating additional revenue tied to our Phase I and Phase II SBIR projects has allowed ATA to grow and expand its business through Phase III commercialization and other spin-off contracts. As reported in the ATA Company Commercialization Report, we have received 43 Phase I SBIR awards and 21 Phase II awards. ATA's track record for commercialization of SBIR sponsored technology development is excellent, resulting in Commercialization Achievement Index of 90 and related cumulative revenues from sales and additional investments of over $42 million. ATA is working to insert our OIRU technology into a number of markets. Potential applications include missions having stringent IAK and LOS jitter stabilization requirements. OIRUs are used in airborne High Energy Laser (HEL) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications along with space communications (Laser Comm). ATA anticipates capturing significant market share, as OIRUs are a very specialized product niche in which we own most of the Intellectual Property (IP). ATA continually works to enhance and improve our OIRU designs and technology to maintain our competitive edge while reaching out to known competitors to supply their specific mission needs. Our goal is to be the #1 supplier of OIRUs worldwide.