Diver Worn Equipment for Diving in Chemical/Biological, Toxic Industrial Chemical and Toxic Industrial Material (TIC/TIM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-04-C-4107
Agency Tracking Number: C021-0025
Amount: $850,623.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD02-201
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
2700 East Executive Drive Suite 100, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 837002294
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Grant Andeson
 VP Engineering
 (520) 903-1000
Business Contact
 Taber MacCallum
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 903-1000
Email: tmaccallum@paragonsdc.com
Research Institution
Terrorist attacks (e.g. USS Cole, chemical and biological warfare) and accident recovery (e.g. TWA 800, Ehime Maru) can require extensive Navy dive operations in contaminated, hazardous environments. However, current diving equipment was not designed to operate in such conditions, much less protect divers from exposure to contaminants in the water. These environments are so severe that equipment deteriorates to the point of breakthrough and failure in a matter of minutes, threatening the safety of the diver as well as the mission. Divers working in these conditions need robust equipment, such as Paragon’s proposed Regulated Surface Exhaust (RSE) system, that provides reliable protection and isolation from hazardous materials. Phase I results from laboratory tests and analysis of critical components show that the Navy’s dive equipment can be modified to act like a spacesuit, completely isolating the diver from the water. Further, extensive material compatibility and permeability testing conducted by Paragon identified materials that can be used to replace the vulnerable exposed soft parts of the diving system. Existing Navy diving equipment can be cost effectively modified with a field deployable retrofit kit, providing reliable isolation from contaminated, hazardous environments. The Phase II objective is to provide a tested prototype retrofit kit.

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