Micro-Actuator Speaker System 2 (MASS-2)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6908
Agency Tracking Number: F081-016-0374
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF081C-016
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Duns: 076337877
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Principal Research Scientist
 (732) 329-3700
Business Contact
 Christopher Rollins
Title: Vice Presidnet
Phone: (301) 306-0010
Email: rollins@researchsupport.com
Research Institution
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI), with the help of Westone, Inc., proposes to develop the Micro-Actuator Speaker System 2 (MASS-2): an active noise reduction (ANR) based hearing protection system for carrier deck environments. The core of MASS-2 will be a high-intensity version of the existing MASS microspeaker/microphone array developed at RSI for AFRL. RSI will develop a microfabricated device that can address the needs of higher sound levels (~150 dB) present on the flight deck. As part of the MASS-2 technology, an ANR algorithm will be developed to allow certain desirable noises and filter the others; RSI has patented a blind deconvolution technique called self-deconvolving data restoration algorithm, or SeDDaRA (US Patent 6,8595,64) that can be applied here. The Phase I MASS-2 program will involve design, fabrication, and test of a new configuration of the RSI microspeakers for higher sound output/sensitivity, developing an algorithm for active noise reduction/fitration, and characterization of the devices to predict their performance in an aircraft carrier application.

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