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The HAWKT Hypoxia Detection and Alerting System for Military Pilots

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92397
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-018-0080
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SAFE, Inc.
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101 Tempe, AZ 85282-6842
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: The HAWKT Hypoxia Detection and Alerting System for Military Pilots
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0284
Award Amount: $79,981.00
 

Abstract:

Military aircraft that fly at high altitudes and/or conduct high-g maneuvers require sophisticated safety systems to prevent the pilot from becoming susceptible to the negative effects of hypoxia and gravitational loss of consciousness. Pressure breathing and g-suits help to address these issues; however, a noninvasive warning system is required to alert the pilot to physiologic conditions signaling a hypoxic condition. This is complicated by the highly dynamic environment (pressure breathing, g-loading, pilot movement, irregular breathing, anti-g straining, mask seepage, hypoxia tolerance variation) and that the system must be adaptable to existing systems without modification by the component/system vendor. Safe, Inc. has conceived of a self-powered/low-power wireless noninvasive hypoxia sensor suite that offers ultra-high accuracy measurement (>99%) of blood/breathe oxygenation status with the superior fault-mitigation technology and near real-time responsiveness of hypoxia sensing. Fault mitigation and measurement accuracy is afforded by multi-modal sensors that assess O2 and CO2 metabolism as well as blood oxygenation. Advanced algorithms are employed to account for pilot movement and low blood perfusion. Sensors are mask-mounted and communicate wirelessly to a fore-arm mounted alerting system.

Principal Investigator:

Stan Desjardins
President
4808202032
stan.desjardins@safeinc.us

Business Contact:

Michael Haerle
President
4808202032
mike.haerle@safeinc.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

SAFE, INC.
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101 Tempe, AZ 85282

EIN/Tax ID: 450484149
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No