Non-Pyrotechnic Latch and Release System for Aerospace and Other Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK05OA28C
Agency Tracking Number: 041871
Amount: $68,492.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X4.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3561 Alan Drive, Titusville, FL, 32780-0000
DUNS: 016440427
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Gleman
 Principal Investigator
 (321) 383-4896
Business Contact
 Stuart Gleman
Title: Business Official
Phone: (321) 383-4896
Research Institution
American Remote Vision Company (ARVC) will research and develop a novel new type of non-pyrotechnic latch and release system for use in servicing umbilical applications (as well as an enormous range of other aerospace and commercial applications). This device (whose starting point is the ancient "chinese fingercuff") will be a robust, reliable, reusable latch; scalable over many orders of magnitude in size and load; capable of gripping or releasing in milliseconds; and useful in lunar regolith environment. The concept has already been proved at the 1,000 pound level. We will develop the theory of operation in grab, hold, and release modes (and maybe failure modes). We will build prototypes and test them to verify the math models.

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