Maintainer Head and Hearing Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0292
Agency Tracking Number: N043-255-0358
Amount: $3,927,340.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-255
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 3040, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Will Saunders
 (540) 951-1284
Business Contact
 Mike Vaudrey
Title: Managing Director
Phone: (540) 951-1284
Research Institution
The Flight Deck Cranial (FDC), a new helmet design for USN maintainers working on carrier flight decks, is being developed under SBIR funding. The FDC acquisition program includes KPP’s for head impact protection, hearing protection and stable integration to NVG equipment. Adaptive Technologies, Inc. is leveraging its ongoing development of extreme noise hearing protection and communication solutions for integration with its SBIR design of the FDC helmet. The FDC design is nearing completion and will undergo transition during this system design and development (SDD) phase of the program. In this context, “transition” refers to: • Completing necessary non-recurring engineering activities, including drawing packages and manufacturing work instructions • Manufacturing pre-production test units for the purposes of completing validation testing, operational testing and field evaluation • Conducting formal testing including environmental, impact, and other validation testing required for the target operational environment. The compatibility features of ATI’s FDC design permits use with current and future hearing protector designs, as well as flight deck goggle systems, and night vision devices. The new helmet will dramatically improve head protection and serve as a comfortable platform for the innovative personal communications and hearing protection designed for extreme noise environments.

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