MEMS-based micro resonator gyro for navigation is goal of Northrop Grumman-Georgia Tech MRIG research project
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 19 May 2011. Navigation and guidance experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Woodland Hills, Calif., are teaming with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta to develop technology using a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication process for a micro resonator gyro able to assist with navigation for small military applications ranging from unmanned vehicles to hand-held devices.
Researchers from Northrop Grumman and Georgia Tech plan to develop a proof-of-concept MEMS gyro during the first year of the DARPA MRIG program that can function as accurately as existing silicon-based MEMS devices but in smaller, more lightweight packages that use less power than silicon MEMS, Northrop Grumman officials say.
The three-year DARPA MRIG project aims to build miniature navigation-grade gyros for personal navigation, unmanned vehicle navigation, GPS denied/challenged locations, and other precision-navigation applications that demand tiny electronics that uses very little electric power.