Interchangeable Bearings for Profile and Weight Trade Studies

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,782.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CE55P
Agency Tracking Number:
084267
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Air-Lock Inc
Wampus Lane, Milford, CT, 06460-4845
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
001178680
Principal Investigator:
Brian Battisti
Principal Investigator
(203) 878-4691
bbattisti@airlockinc.com
Business Contact:
Michael McCarthy
Business Official
(203) 878-4691
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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