An Active Noise Reduction Communication Earplug for Helicopter Crew

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,990.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-05-C-0012
Award Id:
73732
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-199-2839
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston Plaz, Reston, VA, 20191
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072651391
Principal Investigator:
Gary Giban
Principal Investigator
(703) 788-7791
ggibian@plansys.com
Business Contact:
David Pickett
Group Vice President
(703) 788-7722
dpickett@plansys.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Helicopter crewmembers must function in an environment with high background noise that can cause hearing damage. With current hearing protection, excessive noise exposure may still occur in 30% of the aviation environments. We propose to extend the capabilities of the standard passive communication earplug by implementing our proven adaptive, active noise reduction (ANR) algorithms. In Phase I we package microphones within the earplug and demonstrate enhanced noise reduction performance enabled by ANR, using standard development electronics to implement the algorithms. In Phase II we focus on transitioning the algorithm implementation to electronics actually housed within the earplug while ensuring the safety and comfort of the users.

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