Breakaway Helmet Mount for Night Vision and Targeting Displays

Period of Performance: 05/16/2000 - 02/16/2001

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mide Technology Corp.
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Array
Medford, MA 02155
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Current Night Vision Devices (NVD) used by Air Force pilots for night missions are designed to release with a downward force of between 10-15 Gz. This automatic release helps protect the pilots in case of a crash or ejection. The disadvantage to the current system however is the device will only breakaway if a downward force is applied. If there is a sudden sideways, or upwards force on the device, it will not breakaway creating a potentially dangerous situation for the pilot. There exists a need to develop a mount that will allow the NVD to breakaway when a sufficient force is acting on it in any direction. Midé has developed a mount specially designed for typical night vision devices used by pilots in the Air Force. This mount could be used on all pilot helmets, which is a reasonably large market. The innovation however could also be used where other breakaway mounts are needed for safety reasons.