IMPROVED SYSTEM FOR SCAPE SUIT HEATING

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10488
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corp.
200 Yellow Pl, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Robert P Scaringe
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AEROSPACE FUEL AND PROPELLANT HANDLING DURING COLD WEATHER AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HAS RESULTED IN LOWER THAN OPTIMAL TEMPERATURES INSIDE PROPELLANT HANDLERS' PROTECTIVE SUITS (SCAPE SUIT). THE INTENT OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO EXPERIMENTALLY DEMONSTRATE A PROTOTYPE LIGHT-WEIGHT, NON-CONTAMINATING, NON-TOXIC, PROTABLE HEAT SOURCE THAT CAN BE WORN INSIDE THE SUIT WITHOUT AFFECTING MOBILITY. MAINSTREAM'S INNOVATIVE SCAPE SUIT HEATING CONCEPT WILL INTERFACE WITH EXISTING SCAPE SUIT LIQUID AIR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL UNITS (ECU). THE HEATING UNIT HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO ATTACH EASILY WITHIN THE SCAPE SUIT, ALLOWING REMOVAL FOR SUMMER OPERATIONS. THE PROPOSED DESIGN DOES NOT ALTER THE EXISTING ECU AND WILL ONLY BE ATTACHED DURING COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS. THIS INNOVATION WILL PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE SUIT ENVIRONMENT SO THAT WORKERS WILL BE ABLE TO PERFORM CRITICAL TASKS IN AN ALREADY STRESSFUL SITUATION WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL HANDICAP OF BEING TOO COLD.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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