Powered Ascender for Pilot Extraction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0334
Agency Tracking Number: F041-128-0888
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-128
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
QUOIN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
1331 N. Inyo, Ridgecrest, CA, 93555
Duns: 783478159
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael D Jacobson
 CEO/CTO
 (760) 446-4052
 mjacobson@quointech.com
Business Contact
 Cathryn Jacobso
Title: VP. Business Development
Phone: (760) 446-4052
Email: cjacobson@quointech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Air Force has identified a need for a system that provides improved firefighter and rescue personnel access to cockpits and speeds pilot extraction under ground emergency conditions. Emergency personnel must be able to open the canopy, accomplish engine shutdown, make the ejection system safe, and extract the pilot during ground emergencies. The proximity of engine inlets to the cockpit and the toughness of modern canopies prevent successful application of traditional approaches to pilot extraction. There is a significant risk of damage to high value-aircraft components and low-observable surface finishes during recurring live aircraft training involving simulated pilot extraction. The required system must be easily carried by one person, be fire resistant, and compatible with aircraft and high-value aircraft parts. The system must also be safe for fire or rescue personnel to use for emergency situations Quoin proposes to develop and demonstrate a fully-fieldable lightweight (approximately 6 pounds) powered ascender that will meet all requirements for safe pilot extraction from modern aircraft during a ground emergency without damaging sensitive finishes.

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