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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6895
Agency Tracking Number: F081-011-0502
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-011
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
182 Mad River Park, Waitsfield, VT, 05673
DUNS: 795156629
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Vichi
 Senior Scientist
 (802) 496-6640
Business Contact
 Bob Kogut
Title: General Manager
Phone: (802) 496-6640
Email: bob.kogut@ogaragroup.com
Research Institution
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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