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APA: Air Pressure Alert Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R09CN0109
Agency Tracking Number: 09-71
Amount: $324,849.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.4
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2009-1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-06-14
Small Business Information
3261 IMJIN RD, MARINA, CA, 93933
DUNS: 825320757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marco Flagg
 Chief Engineer & CEO
 (831) 236-7750
Business Contact
 Thomas Gray
Title: Contracting Manager
Phone: (831) 384-8000
Research Institution


For divers, out of air situations present a particular hazard. They can result in a dangerous emergency ascent, or failure of a diver to reach the surface. A low air pressure alert (APA) device can provide a valuable margin of safety, but careful design is required. In order for the device to be adopted, it must no t only be effective but it must offer ease of use and a streamlined, erogonomic design that does not get in the way. Phase I saw strong progress with the field testing of APA technologies and the design of a full form and function prototype. Phase II will start with thorough lab and ocean testing of the prototype. Following a refinement of the design and reengineering for higher-volume production purposes, a pilot production run of sufficient quantity for field testing and statistic reliability evaluation will be executed. The effort ends with a joint field test of the pilot production units by NOAA and Desert Star staff. Primarily yielding a new capability addressing a specific safety requirement of the NOAA diving program, the APA project will also result in a new device platform upon which Desert Star will base a family of small electronic devices for scientific, commercial, military and advanced recreational divers alike.

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