Quick Release Connector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.99
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HSHQDC-13-C-00031
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0001-I
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB013.1-005
Solicitation Number:
HSHQDC-13-R-00009
Small Business Information
5836 Highview Dr, Fort Wayne, IN, 46818-1905
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
800300035
Principal Investigator:
PatrickMcCammon
Pat@SkySightTech.com
Business Contact:
PatrickMcCammon
Pat@SkySightTech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed SkySight Technologies Quick Release Connector will independently detect an unexpected mechanical load on the power distribution line. The compact and lightweight SkySight Quick Release Connector uses existing methods and hardware to integrate into the infrastructure, and no special tools or skills are required. While the connector can be latched by hand without any special tools, it cannot be released until the auto-sensing release is triggered or the lineman releases it. When the line tension reaches the predetermined level, the line will be released and can fall to the ground. After release, the SkySight Quick Release Connector body remains attached to the utility pole and the line can be easily reached for line reattachment. Constructed from materials able to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the SkySight Quick Release Connector provides decades of operational life. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 2 is expected at the beginning of the Phase I effort, with a TRL of 4 expected at completion. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the concept and constructing prototypes for validation testing. Commercial applications include telecommunications cables on the same poles as power lines, moorings in water or air where the buoy or balloon can be sacrificed to protect a vessel striking it, any wires or support lines surrounding airport approaches, and fishing or water recreational activities where a fouled line poses a danger to people or vessels.

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