Automated Data Recording Technology for Assessing Parachute Performance and Use

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-10-C-0055
Agency Tracking Number: A093-163-0336
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-163
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Applied Physical Sciences Corp.
475 Bridge Street, Suite 100, Groton, CT, 06340
DUNS: 112716357
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Allanach
 Senior Engineer
 (860) 448-3253
 jallanach@aphysci.com
Business Contact
 David Horne
Title: Sr Vice President/CFO
Phone: (860) 448-3253
Email: dhorne@aphysci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Applied Physical Sciences Corp. (APS) in collaboration with Capewell Inc. will develop an automated system for logging parachute usage and performance electronically using a miniature embedded data logger which interfaces directly with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radio frequency identification (RFID) readers. The proposed system is intended to replace parachute logbooks with a small, removable data logger that can measure parachute opening shock and altitude descent. The focus of this Phase I effort will be to develop an integrated platform with electronics and sensors that requires minimal servicing, and that may be easily and safely retrofitted to existing parachute systems, both personnel and cargo. Commercialization within the US Army and the civilian skydiving markets will be pursued.

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