KVH Engineers Demystify FOG: Webinar on Fiber Optic Gyro Specs

Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are controlled via data provided by FOG-based inertial navigation systems.
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are controlled via data provided by FOG-based inertial navigation systems.

 

Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are controlled via data provided by FOG-based inertial navigation systems.
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are controlled via data provided by FOG-based inertial navigation systems.

Addressing the need for industry-wide information about fiber optic gyro (FOG) specifications in product design, two of KVH’s top engineers will present a live webinar: “Understanding Specifications for Fiber Optic Gyros.”

Tom Suita, FOG Products Applications Engineer, and Steve Emge, Principal FOG Engineer, will cover:
•    Gyro applications
•    FOG signal content & specifications
•    FOG theory of operation
•    Inertial sensor application issues
•    Mounting and power supplies
Sean McCormack,  KVH representative in the New England chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will moderate the live webinar, including Q&A period.

KVH is a leader in the design and technology of FOGs, which are used for precision navigation, stabilization, and pointing applications. A KVH team engineered the breakthrough 170-micron E-Core ThinFiber, which paved the way for the DSP-1750, the world’s smallest precision FOG. As the only US manufacturer of FOGs that draws its own optical fiber, KVH is able to explore new solutions to the challenges of building more precision into ever smaller, lighter sensor packages.

A founding member of the newly formed AUVSI New England chapter, KVH is interested in establishing industry-wide technology information for FOGs, and therefore has chosen an ‘engineers talking to engineers’ format for the webinar.

FOG-based sensor systems provide motion sensing and precision pointing data in unmanned inventory management systems.
FOG-based sensor systems provide motion sensing and precision pointing data in unmanned inventory management systems.

The webinar is directed to forward-thinking engineers developing navigation, stabilization, and precision pointing systems for a wide variety of applications including unmanned systems, geospatial surveying, and gimbal stabilization, to name a few. Precision, accuracy, size, and affordability are critical attributes that a FOG can provide for many demanding applications. In particular, engineers who have not specified or considered a FOG will benefit.

About the Presenters:
Tom Suita provides application engineering services for navigation, guidance, and stabilization products at KVH Industries. He has an MSEE from Northeastern University and a BSEE from the University of Rhode Island. Previously at Northrop Grumman, he directed the development of the National Missile Defense EKV Interceptor IMU. He has over 30 years’ experience in developing and integrating systems for major aerospace and defense programs including the B-2 Bomber, E-3 AWACS, and NASA Space Shuttle.

Steve Emge is Principal FOG Engineer at KVH Industries. He has an MSEE and BSEE from Purdue University.  Previously at Andrew Corporation, he has 18 years experience developing fiber optic gyros and IMUs for advanced military and aerospace applications including vehicle navigation and guidance, optical and weapon stabilization, and precision pointing. He was lead engineer for KVH’s TG-6000 IMU, DSP-3000 FOG, and the small, high performance FOG products (DSP-1500 and DSP-1750).

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