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Air Platform Passive Occupant Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-18-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: A181-001-0272
Amount: $99,954.06
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-001
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-27
Small Business Information
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
United States
DUNS: 116749289
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bob Gansman
 (480) 820-2032
Business Contact
 Dale Kennedy
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Research Institution

Body flailing during a severe helicopter crash can lead to injury or death when the head and upper torso strike rigid objects within the flail envelope.Currently fielded restraint systems allow a large flail envelope because the strap routing and anchor positions require some body motion to occur before the straps can develop significant reaction loads.Safe, Inc. (Safe) is proposing an alternate design that places the straps and anchors where the harness can develop restraining loads immediately upon the start of crash loading.The design is also more intuitive, simpler, and easier to use.It meets all requirements including minimal weight gain and no connection to aircraft power.It can be retrofit into existing seats, including the UH-60 Black Hawk seat which is selected as the technology demonstrator.The project proves feasibility directly through crash testing in the Base effort.Safe has support from a leading restraint manufacturer that will foster commercialization.Safes project team includes engineers with prior experience developing restraint systems and products for crash injury mitigation, as well as the author of the Armys "Crash Survival Design Guide."The technology, project team, and commercialization plan will support technical innovation that commercializes through sales to the fleet.

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