Affordable High-Performance Hearing Protection/Communication System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,825.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-6907
Award Id:
86841
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-016-0534
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2020 Kraft Drive Suite 3030, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
624166075
Principal Investigator:
GaryGibbs
Chief Operating Officer
(540) 951-1284
gary@aegisound.com
Business Contact:
JeffHammel
Chief Financial Officer
(540) 951-1284
jeff@aegisound.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The development of affordable, high performance hearing protection and communication systems is critical for USAF and DOD aircraft maintainers who must work in the vicinity of jet exhaust noise during launch and recovery operations. Aegisound is in a unique position to leverage recently completed first-generation ANR hearing protector designs, intended for operation in JSF noise fields, to investigate further design improvements for affordability and even higher performance. This Phase I proposal addresses a range of performance issues for the use of ANR earplugs in harsh noise environments. Earplug design, controller design, and actuator design all play vital roles in high noise attenuation. Speech intelligibility and resistance to electromagnetic interference are also included as critical system requirements. All of these components and design criteria will be evaluated for performance versus their respective roles toward affordability. During the Phase I program, all relevant design and production issues will be identified and summarized with respect to affordable procurement of hearing protection systems that are useful in 150 dB noise environments. A detailed analysis of design metrics, production alternatives, cost drivers, and a plan for deployment of the proposed solutions will be provided at the conclusion of this work.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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