RRHB Health Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0220
Agency Tracking Number: N081-014-1157
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-014
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus van Schoor
 Chief Executive/Technical Officer
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Email: pbotha@mide.com
Research Institution
An existing Repeatable Release Holdback Bar (RRHB) is used on aircraft carriers to control the launch of aircraft in conjunction with a steam-powered catapult. This is a purely mechanical device with a finite lifespan; its proper operation depends entirely on manual adjustment and human optical inspection, often under foul weather, darkness, and time pressure at flight deck operation tempo, allowing significant opportunities for human error. resulting in loss of aircraft and human life. In addition, mechanical wear caused by normal usage can result in early release, with similar results. A health monitoring system capable of attaching to the existing RRHB designs will save millions by reducing the potential for human error as well as detecting impending mechanical failure which could result in premature release or failure to reset. Mide proposes an electronic RRHB health monitor as a retrofit kit to currently-existing RRHBs.

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