Air-Lock, Inc.

Wampus Lane
Milford, CT 06460

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 10
Total Value of Awards $2.05MM
First Award Date 01/01/04
Most Recent Award Date 06/10/16

Key Personnel

Last Name Name Awards Contact
McCarthy Mike McCarthy 1 Message
Urella Richard M. Urella 1 Message
Toscano Ralph A. Toscano 2 Message
McCarthy Michael H. McCarthy 6 Message
Battisti Brian Battisti 9 Message

10 Awards Won

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H4.01
Budget: 06/10/16 - 12/09/16

As human spaceflight once again moves toward planetary exploration, space suit hardware must be ready to face the harsh environmental conditions of these surfaces. This is especially true for High Pressure Oxygen Quick Disconnects. These systems are critical life support items that enable the flow of breathing gas, water, and electrical & commun...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H4.02
Budget: 04/21/16 - 04/20/18

Air-Lock's Phase I effort tested the effects of ball induced contact stresses on Titanium bearing races. The contact stress design limit that would achieve a planetary exploration suit�s required cycle life was determined. These tests were performed on uniformly loaded flat thrust bearing style test plates. The Phase II effort will take this in...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H4.02
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15

In response to NASA 2015 SBIR Topic H4.02, Air-Lock proposes to define the maximum allowable contact stress for Titanium bearings. The modulus of Titanium is lower than legacy spacesuit bearing materials (Stainless Steel). Due to this, Titanium bearings are more susceptible to deflection under man and plug load scenarios. Bearing deflection caus...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 12-1-H4.01
Budget: 01/01/13 - 12/31/13

The current NASA spacesuit community is focusing on utilizing a 13" hemispherical helmet for the next generation of extravehicular activity spacesuits. This helmet architecture presents the end user with a myriad of positive attributes, including a large field of view, enhanced CO2 washout and improved component durability/operational life. The ...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 10-1-X4.01
Budget: 01/01/11 - 12/31/11

Under Phase 1 of subject SBIR, Air-Lock, Incorporated will design a self donning and doffing Rear Entry Hard Upper Torso (REHUT) that interfaces with a suit port. This design will allow suited, pressurized crewmembers to mate/demate their suits to/from suit ports located on lunar or planetary habitats, rovers, etc. This is a significant activity...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 09-1
Budget: 01/01/09 - 12/31/09

Air-Lock, Incorporated is proposing to design fully sealed shoulder and arm bearings with interchangeable bearing housings. The interchangeable housings shall be utilized in trade studies to determine the optimal bearing profile and weight relative to the shoulder and arm position. It is assumed that the next generation of NASA pressure suits ...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 08-1
Budget: 01/01/08 - 12/31/08

Air-Lock, Incorporated proposes to design an Enhanced Shoulder Mobility Joint Assembly (ESMJA) that increases dynamic mobility and static sizing capabilities for spacesuited crewmembers (CM) employing a Hard Upper Torso (HUT). The proposed shoulder joint will allow historically fixed Hard Upper Torsos to be sized in-situ by crewmembers of varyi...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 05-2
Budget: 01/01/05 - 12/31/05

A prototype Next Generation MK III Lightweight HUT/Hatch Assembly will be fabricated and delivered during Phase II. Maximum weight reduction for the Hard Upper Torso - Hatch assembly will be acheived via the innovative material selection and cross sectional redesign investigation Air-Lock conducted during Phase I. The intent is to fabricate a l...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 05-1
Budget: 01/01/05 - 12/31/05

Air-Lock will deliver a final report based on the follwoing:1. Historical summary of bearing design evolution throughout the life of the EMU Program2. Material research to identify lightweight materials best suited for each beairng.3. Redesign of current EMU bearings to lower bearing profile and mass.

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-1
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04

The Next Generation MK III Lightweight HUT/Hatch Assembly will maximize the Hard Upper Torso - Hatch assembly weight reduction through the combination of innovative material selection and cross sectional redesign. The intent is to research, identify and down select robust lightweight materials that are best suited for space & planetary, (or luna...

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