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Mixed Gas Hypoxia Training in Low Pressure Chambers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-139-0326
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-139
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
COLORADO ALTITUDE TRAINING, LLC
686 South Taylor Ave., Suite 101 Louisville, CO 80027-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Mixed Gas Hypoxia Training in Low Pressure Chambers
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N61340-11-C-0010
Award Amount: $748,330.00
 

Abstract:

Traditional altitude simulation chambers function by reducing the pressure inside a substantial steel enclosure. Apart from the large up-front cost, and significant ongoing expense for maintenance, they also present a safety risk which every year results in cases of decompression sickness (DCS), and forces limitations on use. The work undertaken in this project is to develop a fully operational prototype of a normobaric altitude enclosure system, utilizing mixed-gas technology to create the same degree of hypoxia but without the limitations or risks associated with a low-pressure chamber. Because there are no large pressure-related forces to deal with, the enclosure can be spacious, however it must be relatively air-tight, and will include an ante-room to minimize loss of altitude during entry or exit. Molecular air-separation devices will either remove oxygen molecules from within the altitude enclosure, or pump in air from which a portion of the oxygen has already been removed. Although a basic altitude control system is already currently in use, it was developed for the athlete market for up to 15,000". To handle the increased demands, risks, and reliability requirements, a new altitude control device will be developed using a more stable oxygen sensor and improved display.

Principal Investigator:

Shaun Wallace
Director of R&D
(760) 230-1601
swallace@altitudetraining.com

Business Contact:

Larry Kutt
CEO
(303) 933-8517
larry@altitudetraining.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Colorado Altitude Training, LLC
686 South Taylor Ave., Suite 101 Louisville, CO 80027-

EIN/Tax ID: 841438597
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No