Novel Textile for Use on Low Cost Parachutes Employing Trigger Technology to Rapidly Degrade

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-13-P-0257
Agency Tracking Number: A131-047-0776
Amount: $99,913.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-047
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
105 North Main St, PO Box 8, North Monmouth, ME, -
DUNS: 103962072
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Erb
 Director of R&D
 (207) 933-9205
 erbdf@textech.us
Business Contact
 John Stankiewicz
Title: CFO
Phone: (207) 933-4404
Email: johnst@textech.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Parachutes are a vital technology for moving equipment, ammunition, and other supplies to the battlefield. Cargo parachutes are used to drop military equipment and supplies from aircraft. The U.S. Army currently uses Low Cost Aerial Delivery Systems (LCADS) parachutes for 99% of operational airdrops . These parachutes are made out of a low cost polypropylene material and are considered one-time-use. The ability to quickly and easily dispose of the parachutes in a less toxic manner will be a significant benefit to the parachute users. Wizbe Innovations, Tex Tech Industries, Pioneer Aerospace, and Transcome Industries will work together to develop and produce a parachute fabric that can be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

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