Design of a Self Don/Doffing Rear Entry Planetary Suit to Interface with a Suit Port/Lock

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,636.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CG23P
Agency Tracking Number:
105493
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Air-Lock, Inc.
CT, Milford, CT, 06460-4861
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
001178680
Principal Investigator:
Brian Battisti
Principal Investigator
(203) 878-4691
bbattisti@airlockinc.com
Business Contact:
Michael McCarthy
Business Official
(203) 878-4691
mmccarthy@airlockinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Under Phase 1 of subject SBIR, Air-Lock, Incorporated will design a self donning and doffing Rear Entry Hard Upper Torso (REHUT) that interfaces with a suit port. This design will allow suited, pressurized crewmembers to mate/demate their suits to/from suit ports located on lunar or planetary habitats, rovers, etc. This is a significant activity because it minimizes concerns over dust entering the habitat during crewmember entry/exit and it maximizes the habitat's working volume by eliminating the need for airlocks. For the purpose of this SBIR, the baseline architecture being will focus on NASA JSC's MK-III advanced spacesuit and the suit port being utilized by the Lunar Electirc Rover (LER).

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