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Quick Release Connector

Award Information

Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
SkySight Technologies LLC
5836 Highview Dr Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Quick Release Connector
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00031
Award Amount: $99,999.99


The proposed SkySight Technologies Quick Release Connector will independently detect an unexpected mechanical load on the power distribution line. The compact and lightweight SkySight Quick Release Connector uses existing methods and hardware to integrate into the infrastructure, and no special tools or skills are required. While the connector can be latched by hand without any special tools, it cannot be released until the auto-sensing release is triggered or the lineman releases it. When the line tension reaches the predetermined level, the line will be released and can fall to the ground. After release, the SkySight Quick Release Connector body remains attached to the utility pole and the line can be easily reached for line reattachment. Constructed from materials able to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the SkySight Quick Release Connector provides decades of operational life. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 2 is expected at the beginning of the Phase I effort, with a TRL of 4 expected at completion. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the concept and constructing prototypes for validation testing. Commercial applications include telecommunications cables on the same poles as power lines, moorings in water or air where the buoy or balloon can be sacrificed to protect a vessel striking it, any wires or support lines surrounding airport approaches, and fishing or water recreational activities where a fouled line poses a danger to people or vessels.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick R. McCammon

Business Contact:

Patrick R. McCammon
Small Business Information at Submission:

SkySight Technologies LLC
5836 Highview Dr Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905

EIN/Tax ID: 205556043
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No