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Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent Armor Lens System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D11PC20146
Agency Tracking Number: 1111019
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB011.1-006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-05-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-11-30
Small Business Information
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501-1821
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Eric Gans
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address this HSARPA need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent
Armor (VESTA) lens, based on a transparent metallic-oxide material system, and serving as a drop-in replacement lens in current
mask systems. VESTA possesses improved thermomechanical durability (compared to existing polycarbonate lenses) with 5x greater
service temperatures and 3x greater ballistic impact resistance. Candidate materials will be identified based on visual acuity,
hardness, and resistance to impact, scratching, and temperature, so the VESTA lens provides effective protection in the most
hazardous of environments (i.e., high temperatures). In Phase I, we will evaluate candidate material(s) for infrared reflectivity and
thermodynamic stability, and develop a comprehensive test plan, including exposure to extremely high temperatures. A proof-ofconcept
prototype will be produced. In Phase II, POC will develop a full-scale prototype of the VESTA lens and evaluate it in
simulated operational environments and training facilities. Formal testing will validate the system to NFPA 1981. The successful
completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing
enhanced personal protective equipment for First Responders. Commercial applications for VESTA include enhanced protective
eyewear for medical and industrial workers.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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