Low Lift, Lightweight, Low Cost Aviator Helmet

Period of Performance: 05/14/1998 - 02/14/1999

$76K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Impact Medical Technologies
875 D Airport Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Design and build a lightweight comfortable helmet that does not produce high lift loads that are transmitted to the neck upon high speed ejection. Such helmet must remain on the head when exposed to the windblast and high G forces so as to provide good impact protection to the aviator's head. To be useable in jet aircraft, the helmet must be capable of using the current visor, mask, earcup, COMBAT EDGE equipment and it must be able to mount night vision goggles and the planned JOINT HELMET MOUNTED CUEING SYSTEM (JHMCS). The helmet should be comfortable to wear; it should not produce 'hot spots' and should allow for ventilation. The helmet should not slip or move about the head during aircraft maneuvering, high G forces, or with fast movements of the head.