We propose a radical new approach for to the design and fabrication of a fiber-less Interferometric Optical Gyroscope (IOG) that enables the production of a radiation hard, very small IMU with better performance, higher reliability, high level of robustness and lower cost. We estimate that an order-of-magnitude improvement in cost and size to performance ratio of IOG sensors and their corresponding assemblies can be achieved when compared to the conventional Fiber Optics Gyroscope (FOG) implementations, enabling high level of performance in a MEMs compatible IMU size. Such a system will be of great advantage for all future NASA applications that focus on small satellites and payloads
Potential NASA Commercial Applications: The proposal will develop the key enabling component in a low cost, high precision inertial navigation system (< 0.10 ± accuracy, resolution). Low cost, higher precision and low weight/power (SWaP) inertial sensors are necessary components for future NASA applications, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Sounding Rocket and many other Autonomous missions as key technologies that have in NASA technology roadmap.