Interchangeable Bearings for Profile and Weight Trade Studies

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$97,782.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX09CE55P
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
084267
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.03
Small Business Information
Air-Lock Inc
Wampus Lane, Milford, CT, 06460-4845
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
001178680
Principal Investigator
 Brian Battisti
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 878-4691
 bbattisti@airlockinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael McCarthy
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 878-4691
Email: mmccarthy@airlockinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Air-Lock, Incorporated is proposing to design fully sealed shoulder and arm bearings with interchangeable bearing housings. The interchangeable housings shall be utilized in trade studies to determine the optimal bearing profile and weight relative to the shoulder and arm position. It is assumed that the next generation of NASA pressure suits will require the crewmember to utilize their suit in both the pressurized and unpressurized mode. Historic, key design drivers have always been suited comfort in the unpressurized mode and suit mobility in the pressurized mode. As a minimum, bearings will be needed at the shoulder, bicep, and wrist to satisfy pressurized mobility requirements. To placate unpressurized comfort, the optimal bearing design shall be lightweight and low profile; often conflicting characteristics in bearing design. This SBIR proposal will provide NASA with a bearing design that facilitates quick trade studies to determine the optimal bearing profile and weight.

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