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Microelectromechanical safing and arming apparatus

United States Patent

May 30, 2006
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A two-stage acceleration sensing apparatus is disclosed which has applications for use in a fuze assembly for a projected munition. The apparatus, which can be formed by bulk micromachining or LIGA, can sense acceleration components along two orthogonal directions to enable movement of a shuttle from an "as-fabricated" position to a final position and locking of the shuttle in the final position. With the shuttle moved to the final position, the apparatus can perform one or more functions including completing an explosive train or an electrical switch closure, or allowing a light beam to be transmitted through the device.
Koehler; David R. (Placitas, NM), Hoke; Darren A. (Albuquerque, NM), Weichman; Louis S. (Albuquerque, NM), Vernon; George E. (Rio Rancho, NM), Shul; Randy J. (Albuquerque, NM), Beggans; Michael H. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 641,980
August 14, 2003
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.