Safe was awarded this program’s continuation effort of SBIR Phases I and II under the United States Navy’s Topic N101-026, “Multi-Axis Vibration and Habitability Improvement for Seated Occupants.” The unique vibrations and flight characteristics of the E-2C/D aircraft cause significant crew discomfort, distraction, fatigue, and even pain. Safe will develop a new seat that will incorporate magnetorheological technology to help isolate the occupant from aircraft-generated vibrations and will optimize seating angles.
Safe, Inc. was selected to manufacture and certify a face shield for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal suit made by NP Aerospace, Ltd in Coventry, United Kingdom. The work is in accord with the Face Shield Statement of Work supplied by NP Aerospace.
Safe was awarded a Phase I SBIR program by the U.S. Navy/NAVAIR to develop a thermoelectrically cooled seat cushion to improve aircrew mission endurance and effectiveness. Effective cooling will prevent heat stress by limiting mission durations and reducing the detriment to concentration on mentally demanding tasks that reduces mission effectiveness. Safe’s innovative design will also address complaints reported by aircrew over back pain, inadequate padding, and loss of sensation in the legs with existing seat cushions by distributing pressure more uniformly across the body.
Safe was awarded a Phase I SBIR program by the U.S. Navy/NAVAIR to develop a Passive Occupant Weight Relief (POWR) harness to lift the weight of the pilot’s survival vest and armor carrier off of the torso while operating the aircraft. Aircrew back pain is a significant factor affecting aircrew mission endurance and effectiveness and increasing costs for medical treatment and disability. A Design of Experiments (DOE) will be used to determine ability to balance upward load and aft load created by the harness. The POWR harness will not hinder egress and will not require any additional steps to egress.
Safe was awarded a program by the U.S. Navy/NAVAIR to produce 530 MH-60S Next Generation Gunner Seat Selectable Profile Energy Absorber (SPEA) production kits and 50 spare SPEA production kits, with tasks including fabrication, assembly, and source inspection.