Hard Upper Torso Shoulder Joint Design for Crew Member Sizing Adjustment and Enhanced Mobility

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC33P
Agency Tracking Number: 074166
Amount: $93,703.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: X4.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Air-Lock, Inc.
Wampus Lane, Milford, CT, 06460-4845
DUNS: 00117
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ralph Toscano
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 878-4691
Business Contact
 Michael McCarthy
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 878-4691
Email: mccarthm@airlockinc.com
Research Institution
Air-Lock, Incorporated proposes to design an Enhanced Shoulder Mobility Joint Assembly (ESMJA) that increases dynamic mobility and static sizing capabilities for spacesuited crewmembers (CM) employing a Hard Upper Torso (HUT). The proposed shoulder joint will allow historically fixed Hard Upper Torsos to be sized in-situ by crewmembers of varying anthropometries. The Shoulders will also increase CM range of motion in a pressurized spacesuit and incorporate must mitigating strategies geared towards lunar exploration. Throughout Phase One, Air-Lock will exhibit the following innovations: • Design pressure sealed ESMJA that optimizes mobility and sizing characteristics of Hard Upper Torso Advanced Planetary Spacesuits. • Utilize 3D CAD software to design, develop and integrate the ESMJA with the MK-III HUT. • Perform a materials evaluation in order to determine the lightest, most robust material to be use in the manufacture of the ESMJA. • Create a matrix highlighting sizing potential and added mobility (i.e., range of motion). • Perform a comparative analysis of the sizing and mobility matrix to historic NASA anthropometry data to determine the optimum HUT sizes required to outfit current NASA astronaut corp.

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