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Smart Energy-Absorbing Light Body Armor

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Smart Energy-Absorbing Light Body Armor
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0099
Award Amount: $69,997.00


To address the Armys need for a smart body armor active protection system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop new active Smart Energy-Absorbing Light Body Armor (SEALBA). This proposed body armor is based on a new impact sensor system that utilizes components developed in house and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The innovation in the ballistic impact sensor, a very fast actuator device that will direct material to intercept the ballistic device, in conjunction with shock wave kinetic energy absorbers, will enable the SEALBA to vastly increase protection while greatly reducing armor areal density. As a result, this system offers greater survivability and decreased weight, which directly address the smart body armor active protection system requirements. In Phase I, POC will characterize the smart armor subsystems, materials, and functionality, and design and fabricate a prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of the SEALBA system by displaying the systems fast reaction time and mass transfer to neutralize incoming ballistic threats. In Phase II, POC plans to develop fully operating prototype hardware and software to TRL-4/6 and test its performance in a relevant environment.

Principal Investigator:

Pedram Boghrat
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No