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Powered Rollers for Cargo Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-2007
Agency Tracking Number: F182-047-0612
Amount: $149,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-047
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-26
Small Business Information
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101, Tempe, AZ, 85282
DUNS: 116749289
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Williams
 (480) 820-2032
Business Contact
 Dale Kennedy
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Research Institution
Air Force cargo aircraft do not currently have powered roller systems for cargo handling.Airmen must manually flip roller trays located in slots in the floor to face rollers upward to support the weight of pallets.For rolling stock, airmen must flip trays to face rollers downward and present a flush load-bearing surface.The manual effort to move pallets and flip trays causes injuries and lost work time.Safe, Inc. (Safe) has presented a powered-roller design that both moves the pallets and extends and retracts the rollers with no manual effort required.The proposed design emphasizes compactness to target a drop-in replacement that minimizes aircraft modifications.The project plan includes design, assembly, and testing of an early prototype to establish feasibility.Safes project team has extensive prior experience in design of mechanical and electromechanical devices including flight hardware.The commercialization strategy describes a means to generate market leverage while addressing any amount of market demand.

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