Development of an Anthropometrically Modifiable Munitions Operator (AMMO) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-12-C-00031
Agency Tracking Number: DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-004-0003-I
Amount: $99,972.89
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB012.1-004
Solicitation Number: DHS SBIR-2012.1
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955-5327
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joshua Sole
 (321) 631-3550
 jsole@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed research plan will start at a TRL 1 and commence with the collection of dynamic recoil response field data using a firearm and ammunition chosen by the DHS for testing. Data will be collected for a firearm operator that classifies as a 90th percentile male, and an operator that classifies as a 50th percentile or smaller female based on height and weight. The data will then be fit to a dynamic human recoil response model. The model will be used to select components for Mainstream's Anthropometrically Modifiable Munitions Operator (AMMO) System. The AMMO system uses a novel method of independently altering spring and damping coefficients to match the human response of different anthropometric classes instantly without swapping components. A single degree-of-freedom prototype will be fabricated and tested in a live-fire setting before the end of the Phase I Base which will conclude at a TRL 3. The live-fire AMMO system data will be validated against the human firing data collected at the beginning of Phase I. The Phase I option will extend the prototype to multiple degrees-of-freedom and will conclude at a TRL 4. Phase II will focus on the packaging and automation of the AMMO system and also extend its live-fire field trial verification to a broader range of anthropometric classes, firearms, and ammunitions. We anticipate a commercial-ready product at the conclusion of Phase II.

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