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Expanding the spacecraft application base with MEMS gyros
Author(s): Tye Brady
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Paper Abstract

MEMS devices have a promising future in space given their inherent low power, low volume, and low mass qualities. In December of 2006, flight testing of the Inertial Stellar Compass (ISC) onboard the Air Force TacSat-2 spacecraft qualified and demonstrated superb MEMS gyros performance in the relevant space environment over a variety of conditions. This development helped reduce the risk and cost associated with selecting MEMS based gyro devices for future space missions further providing spacecraft designers with the full benefits of this new sensor technology. Since the ISC flight, various spaceflight applications in need of low power and low mass rate solutions have been enabled and envisioned for use within the spacecraft application base. This paper describes prior history, proposed applications, and future benefits with the inclusion of MEMS gyros in the spacecraft domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7928, Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS and Nanodevices X, 79280J (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873909
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Tye Brady, The Charles Stark Draper Lab., Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7928:
Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS and Nanodevices X
Sonia Garcia-Blanco; Rajeshuni Ramesham, Editor(s)

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