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ACES: Aircrew Endurance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-1007
Agency Tracking Number: N191-015-0443
Amount: $799,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N191-015
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-29
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011-1921
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kelley Virgilio
 (434) 220-7699
Business Contact
 Maggie Hudson
Phone: (540) 769-8400
Research Institution

Musculoskeletal pain and discomfort are prevalent issues for naval pilots and aircrew, particularly within the rotary wing community where a combination of poor seat ergonomics and cockpit design result in airframes that actively promote poor posture and induce high rates of musculoskeletal fatigue. There is a critical need for a functional solution that can be rapidly implemented to reduce the incidence and severity of this pain. While numerous approaches may address some aspects of this issue, musculoskeletal pain will persist unless posture is corrected. Therefore, Luna is developing a low-cost, low-profile, wearable aircrew endurance system designed to mitigate pain and fatigue common to aviators. Through the use of computational modeling, the design is specifically targeted to reduce musculoskeletal load and pain for helicopter pilots and aircrew.

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