AirLift: Enabling Blast Protection and Rapid, Stabilized Vehicle Extraction

Period of Performance: 08/26/2016 - 02/22/2017


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

InnoVital Systems, Inc.
11750 Beltsville Drive Array
Beltsville, MD 20705
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


In recent military conflicts, protection against vehicle underbody blasts has been a key survivability issue. Underbody blasts from buried mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have resulted in significant casualties. Despite the variety of occupant protection devices that have been, or are in the process of being, developed, significant injury risk still remains as a result of blast events. As such, in seating and vehicle design, it is important to consider how an injured occupant can be rapidly treated and evacuated post-event. Given the limited space within the vehicle, what is needed is a system by which the patient can be stabilized in the seat and extracted in the seated position. To this end, InnoVital Systems, Inc. (formerly Techno-Sciences, Inc.), in collaboration with ILC Dover and BAE Protection Systems, propose to develop the AirLift seating system. The novel AirLift system leverages the combined teams expertise in emergency medical devices, blast attenuation systems, and inflatable structures to yield a seating system that provides field-proven blast protection as well as rapid and stabilized patient extraction.