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Non Lethal Vehicle Stopping Technology

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Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Engineering Science Analysis Corporation
6105 S. Ash Ave., Suite A3 Tempe, AZ 85283-5626
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Non Lethal Vehicle Stopping Technology
Agency: DHS
Contract: NBCHC070055
Award Amount: $750,000.00


Engineering Science Analysis Corporation (ESA) has developed a new stopping technology that is compact, scalable, and easily deployable. None of the current mechanical vehicle stopping technologies meet the requirements for small, portable highly effective vehiclestopping devices. Mechanical stopping technologies must consider the kinetic energy of the vehicle being stopped. This means a large large truck can potentially exhibit more than 10 times the energy of a small passenger car and a stopping device must work over this broad range of kinetic energies. Our research has indicated that current vehicle stopping technologies place the user in danger during deployment. ESA has developed a device that is a significant improvement over current technologies in that it is not as sensitive to the kinetic energy of the entire moving vehicle and is deployable from a safe distance. Our innovation is a portable, lightweight, inexpensive device that can be readily deployed and remotely activated by groundbased personnel or from helicopters. Our innovation does rely on stopping the vehicle by completely ensnaring it or flattening the tires rather, our device stops the vehicle by ensnaring the smaller, lower kinetic energy, rotating components in the undercarriage and rendering them immobile thus immobilizing the entire vehicle.

Principal Investigator:

Martin A. Martinez

Business Contact:

Martin A. Martinez
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Engineering Science Analysis Corporation
6105 S. Ash Ave. Suite A3 Tempe, AZ 85283

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No