Pilot Physiologic Assessment System (PPAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0548
Agency Tracking Number: N091-018-0543
Amount: $1,499,940.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-018
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
Orbital Research Inc
4415 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, OH, -
DUNS: 557510336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Rood
 Senior Research Physiolog
 (216) 649-0399
 rood@orbitalresearch.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Snyder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (216) 649-0399
Email: snyder@orbitalresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Orbital Research Inc in collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC), Kent State University (KSU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will design and test the second generation, Pilot Physiologic Assessment System (PPAS-2) as part of the Phase I option and Phase II SBIR program funded by the U.S. Navy. The system will be a comprehensive bio-monitoring suite that acquires physiologic metrics such as cardiovascular, metabolic, thermal and oxygen saturation from aircrew. PPAS will leverage complementary sensors and hardware from both a wearable sensor suite (Lunar Health Monitor-LHM) developed by Orbital Research and a portable gas composition and flow analysis system (Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis - PUMA) developed by engineers at NASA GRC. The ultimate goal of the proposed program is a monitoring system that can detect physiologic changes, predict the onset of symptoms and alert the user. To accomplish this goal, the PPAS will non-invasively monitor the physiologic profile of the pilots/aircrews throughout the mission. The physiologic profile will be used to generate alarms or warnings to the pilot based on detectable physiological changes associated with hypoxia exposure. At the completion of the Phase II program, the PPAS-2 will be a miniaturized non-invasive sensor suite for collecting physiologic measurements to detect hypoxic state.

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