Mixed Gas Hypoxia Training in Low Pressure Chambers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61340-11-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: N082-139-0326
Amount: $748,330.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-139
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
686 South Taylor Ave., Suite 101, Louisville, CO, 80027-
DUNS: 042645866
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shaun Wallace
 Director of R&D
 (760) 230-1601
 swallace@altitudetraining.com
Business Contact
 Larry Kutt
Title: CEO
Phone: (303) 933-8517
Email: larry@altitudetraining.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Traditional altitude simulation chambers function by reducing the pressure inside a substantial steel enclosure. Apart from the large up-front cost, and significant ongoing expense for maintenance, they also present a safety risk which every year results in cases of decompression sickness (DCS), and forces limitations on use. The work undertaken in this project is to develop a fully operational prototype of a normobaric altitude enclosure system, utilizing mixed-gas technology to create the same degree of hypoxia but without the limitations or risks associated with a low-pressure chamber. Because there are no large pressure-related forces to deal with, the enclosure can be spacious, however it must be relatively air-tight, and will include an ante-room to minimize loss of altitude during entry or exit. Molecular air-separation devices will either remove oxygen molecules from within the altitude enclosure, or pump in air from which a portion of the oxygen has already been removed. Although a basic altitude control system is already currently in use, it was developed for the athlete market for up to 15,000". To handle the increased demands, risks, and reliability requirements, a new altitude control device will be developed using a more stable oxygen sensor and improved display.

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