NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 X3.01-8519
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Extravehicular Activity Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Lower Profile, Lighter Weight Space Suit Bearings

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Air-Lock, Inc.
Wampus Lane
Milford, CT 06460-4859
(203)878-4691

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael McCarthy
mccarthm@airlockinc.com
Wampus Lane
Milford, CT 06460-4859
(203)878-4691

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Air-Lock will deliver a final report based on the follwoing:
1. Historical summary of bearing design evolution throughout the life of the EMU Program
2. Material research to identify lightweight materials best suited for each beairng.
3. Redesign of current EMU bearings to lower bearing profile and mass.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Lightweight bearings can be applied to numerous pressure suits (Air-Force, NASA Crew Escape Suit, MK-III)

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Potential exists to place bearings into pressurized suits (rescue suits, fire fighters, Air-Force)