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Fast Rope Insertion Technology

The current Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) system in use for tactical military operations is challenged by increasing operator loads and new platform applications.   There is a need for a safer method to rapidly descend in a controlled manner with a descend-default design and still allow the operator to  quickly detach in a manner consistent with their experience with other harness systems.  The Fast Rope Insertion System was designed by US Air Force Academy cadets and faculty in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) university design challenge.  

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United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO
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Microbial Electrolytic Process for Carbon Capture, Energy Production and Waste Treatment

A new approach to treating wastewater using microbial electrolytic carbon capture. This process generates positive energy, chemicals (carbonate or liquid fuel), and reusable water. It also directly captures carbon dioxide which generates additional carbon credits and environmental benefits.

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University of Colorado at Boulder

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Articulating Resistive Conformable (ARC) Spine

A flexible load bearing system that includes numerous vertebrae. Each vertebra has a first portion, a second portion, and a socket formed in it. The links each have a ball at both ends.  The column or spine of vertebrae is connected with the ball and socket mechanism.  the system can be adjusted with a tensioning system that allows for variable flexibility and range of motion changes and allows for maximum available freedom of motion while supporting significant weight.

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711TH HUMAN PERFORMANCE WING- Airmen Systems (RH)

Wright-Patterson AFB, , OH
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Biomimetic Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles US Patents 9,428,269 and 8,700,233

A tail-less, biomimetic FWMAV that is controlled by utilizing the motion of the flapping wings themselves. By manipulating a few variables that govern the periodic motion of two wings, the time-averaged forces and moments that are applied to the FWMAV can be directly controlled. A resulting implication is that the number of vehicle degrees of freedom controlled can exceed the number of actuators that physically exist on the FWMAV, thereby shifting complexity from mechanical elements to software. Present levels of development allow roll and yaw rotations and horizontal and vertical translations to be controlled using two brushless DC motors or piezoelectric actuators that drive each wing independently.

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Air Force Research Laboratory- Aerospace Systems (RQ)

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
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Push-Locking Load Attachment Device

The Push-Locking Load Attachment Device is an improvement to the current state of the art for load and safety connection devices such as carabineers as it allows for a single direction, low-dexterity connecting motion for personnel to use when attaching heavy or awkward loads to elevated positions. Civilian applications may include connection of objects to gantry cranes for movement around a warehouse or manufacturing floor and connection of tools to elevated maintenance platforms.

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United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO
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Tip Resistant Harness with Quick Disconnect USPTO serial number 15/498,518

Air Force personnel have developed the tip resistant harness with quick disconnect – a device designed to allow the wearer to attach and detach quickly while remaining in an upright position when descending a rope or being hoisted. This device connects to a person’s existing waist or pelvis based-harness, extends to the descending attachment and links back to the pack, ballistic plate, vest shoulder strap, or other upper torso kit in the anthropometric dimension. This keeps the person upright while transferring load onto the descending attachment. Incorporated into the point of connection to the descending attachment is a quick disconnect feature that alleviates operator concern of connection to the delivery rope for any longer than is necessary. This new harness configuration directly addresses the tipping nature of current methods while also providing a unique connection method for future designs such as the auto belay insertion system. It is expected that the system will have additional utility in rock climbing, tethered work environments, training environments, and ropes courses.

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United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO
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Belay Descending Load Attachment with Pulley Brake USPTO serial number 15/489,116

A braking system for use with auto belays which incorporates a pulley-based braking mechanism for looped webbing that is being spooled from the auto belay system. The operator can manually apply a braking force on the rotating webbing which slows or stops their descent while transferring the loads through the fixed side of the auto belay webbing.  The unique aspect of this technology is that the system is designed to brake in a controlled manner to avoid undesired impact and pulse loads on the auto belay system. Other methods for rope and webbing braking are insufficient due to incorrect geometry for webbing and fast brake onset.

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United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO
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The Ruck Dock US Patent No. 8,857,681

The Ruck Dock consists of two mating halves that allow connection under various angles of approach. Despite a heavy load, or being unable to view the connector orientation, the end-user can reliably and quickly couple and decouple the system. A military mounting system (the MOLLE) was devised to improve on the lack of customization encountered with standardized rucksacks. While the MOLLE system does allow for increased user customization, it does not empower the user to rapidly configure gear with changes in an activity or mission. The Ruck Dock improves the speed in which the entire load carriage system is donned and doffed. Rucksacks and tactical vests that both incorporate load-bearing belts can be coupled together into a single device.

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Air Force Research Laboratory - 711th Human Performance Wing

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