Aircrew Personnel Lowering Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-6669
Agency Tracking Number: F061-020-0814
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-020
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
WIZBE INNOVATIONS
167 Kerns Hill Rd, Manchester, ME, 04351
Duns: 614973688
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stan Farrell
 Program Manager
 (207) 485-5690
 sfarrell@wizbe.net
Business Contact
 Stan Farrell
Title: Owner/Program Manager
Phone: (207) 485-5690
Email: sfarrell@wizbe.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Air Force has a need for an innovative solution to help parachutists that become trapped in trees or wires lower themselves to the ground safely and easily. The current personnel lowering device being used by the Air Force is bulky and inconvenient to use. Wizbe Innovations is proposing to develop an aircrew personnel lowering device expected to be simple to use, lightweight, and compact. Unlike the system currently being used or other conventional rappelling systems that requires the person being lowered to manually let the rope out, the proposed system will be automatically controlled to keep a constant rate even with different loads. In the Phase I, Wizbe Innovations plans to develop a working prototype capable of meeting the Air Forces requirements. In Phase II, the device will be tested by the Air Force and Wizbe Innovations will prepare a manufacturing process to make the devices.

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