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Head Mounting Device for Advanced Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Systems

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Head Mounting Device for Advanced Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6894
Award Amount: $99,975.00


The current flight helmet provides impact protection while enabling communications and serving as a platform to mount helmet mounted devices (HMD) such as night vision goggles (NVG). However, aircrew flying air mobility and air refueling aircraft do not wear flight helmets although they must be able to use these HMDs during their missions. Similarly, ground crews, such as regulars, maintainers, bomb loaders, and aeromedical evacuation personnel operating at night use a head harness to mount their NVGs in lieu of a helmet, as do ground troops driving or navigating in a terrain vehicle. The platform needs to fit correctly and accommodate the targeted anthropometric range of heads so it is comfortable and stable while NVGs are in use. Factors such as NVG weight, distribution of weight, and system center of gravity are important to aircrew fatigue, neck strain, injury due to egress, and the system's effectiveness. Infoscitex proposes a solution which addresses the most important issues when using a non-helmet mounted HMD/NVG by adapting a component of a system that has been successfully in use for decades. In Phase I, Infoscitex will design the overall system, fabricate prototypes, and perform a detailed simulation of the device under realistic operating conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Portny
Group Leader, ICS

Business Contact:

William F. Thompson
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No