Head-Lock Mount for Advanced Night Vision Goggle (NVG)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-6895
Award Id:
86828
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-011-0502
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
182 Mad River Park, Waitsfield, VT, 05673
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
795156629
Principal Investigator:
Paul Vichi
Senior Scientist
(802) 496-6640
paul.vichi@ogaragroup.com
Business Contact:
Bob Kogut
General Manager
(802) 496-6640
bob.kogut@ogaragroup.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Diffraction LTD proposes to develop a novel occipital head-lock system to support advanced night vision goggles (NVG) used by Air Force personnel not wearing typical aviation or combat helmet. Phase I efforts will demonstrate the feasibility of a lightweight, direct head mount that maintains optimal NVG performance in the absence of a helmet, minimizes user fatigue, and reduces the risk of injury. Designs will focus on derivations of an occipital head-lock system with fine adjustment that ensures stable alignment of NVGs under variable conditions, is compatible with existing communication systems and specialty head-gear, i.e. chem.-bio masks/hoods, etc, and demonstrates reduced potential for torque-jolt. Using finite element analysis and human biodynamics software we will evaluate newer, lightweight materials to be used in place of bulky metal components, optimize hinge points and brackets to reduce weight and improve stiffness, and adjust designs to provide optimal fit and comfort across a broad range of users. This device will provide a superior mechanism for employing NVGs without helmets in both static and dynamic work settings, while minimizing stress and fatigue on a user's head and neck.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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