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RRHB Health Monitor

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: RRHB Health Monitor
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-10-C-0258
Award Amount: $750,048.00


An existing Repeatable Release Holdback Bar (RRHB) is used on aircraft carriers to control the launch of aircraft in conjunction with a steam-powered catapult. This is a purely mechanical device with a finite lifespan; its proper operation depends entirely on manual adjustment and human optical inspection, often under foul weather, darkness, and time pressure at flight deck operation tempo. This allows significant opportunities for human error, resulting in loss of aircraft and human life. In addition, mechanical wear caused by normal usage can result in early release, with similar results. A health monitoring system capable of attaching to the existing RRHB designs will save millions by reducing the potential for human error as well as detecting impending mechanical failure which could result in premature release or failure to reset. Mide proposes an electronic RRHB health monitor as a retrofit kit to currently-existing RRHBs.

Principal Investigator:

C. van
(781) 306-0609

Business Contact:

David Gilbert
(781) 306-0609
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043066318
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No