Surface Flotation Device for Cold-Water Aviation Survivors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,730.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0253
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-009-1098
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-009
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Switlik Parachute Co., Inc.
1325 East State Street, Trenton, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
002354165
Principal Investigator:
Stanley Switlik
President
(609) 587-3300
sswitlik@switlik.com
Business Contact:
Michael Dilts
Executive Vice President,
(609) 587-3300
mdilts@switlik.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
We propose to evaluate concepts for a body-mounted single-place inflatable life preserver/liferaft combination, one that eliminates the need for the aviator to carry two separate devices, thereby saving considerable weight, bulk and complexity. This hybrid device can act alone as an inflatable life preserver for the wearer, provding necessary flotation buoyancy. The underarm style inflatable provides optimal flotation attitude and further allows for easy conversion from life preserver to liferaft as needed. This conversion is effected by simply zipping two floor halves together between the legs of the wearer, then subsequently orally inflating a canopy arch tube and then unfurling the raft canopy and easily securing it closed.

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