Aircrew Bladder Relief Capability

Period of Performance: 05/21/2002 - 02/21/2002


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Precision Design, Inc.
P.O. Box 2064
Weatherford, OK 73096
Principal Investigator


The VARS (Vacuum Assisted Relief System) is a novel system that provides aircrew bladder relief of both male and female pilots using the same type private individual interface. Comfort for long duration flights is achieved through a natural interface. The system may be integrated to the aircraft or secured to the body by belt clip or other methods. The system includes barrier creams, an interface that replaces existing undergarments, plastic tubing, and in some cases pumps and reservoirs. The system has features that provide for essentially eliminating leakage and additionally provides for drying of the skin. This system has usage across the social spectrum from astronauts to those confined to wheelchairs. Commercialization Potential:  Urinary incontinence alone. Prevalence: About 13 million adults  Replacement of conventional diapers a 3.5 billion annual market.  VARS has the same potential to replace disposable diapers as disposable diapers did in the early 60's, in eliminating laundry trucks