May 23, 2011      

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the Georgia Institute of Technology were awarded a research and development contract for the preliminary design, development, and testing of a new type of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) gyroscope technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microscale Rate Integrating Gyroscope program.

The MEMS technology developed by Northrop Grumman and Georgia Tech during the initial 12-month award period will form the basis for a micro resonator gyro capable of achieving navigation-grade performance. The miniature navigation grade gyros will be used for personal and unmanned vehicle navigation, in GPS-denied or -challenged locations, and in other size and power-constrained applications that require precision navigation.

Using a new MEMS fabrication process, the Northrop Grumman-led team will produce a proof-of-concept micro gyro that can perform as well as current silicon MEMS devices in a smaller size, lighter weight, and lower power package.