Cobham to make USAF pilot breathing sensors
Cobham has been notified that it will be awarded a US Air Force (USAF) contract for the development of the Aircrew Mounted Physiologic Sensing System (AMPSS 2.6), the company announced on 20 September.
The AMPSS 2.6 is a pilot breathing sensor designed to predict and protect fighter pilots from the effects of debilitating hypoxia-like symptoms before they occur. The system's exhalation and inhalation monitoring modules assess the pilot's breathing to detect if he/she is getting sufficient oxygen. If an issue is detected, the sensors capture data needed to help identify the root cause.
AMPSS comprises a data processing unit, an inhalation module and exhalation module. The inhalation module is located on the end of the pilot's mask breathing hose, and the exhalation module is integrated with the mask exhalation port.
The exhalation module is being developed by funding from the USAF along with pre-preproduction hardware run of eight systems, while the inhalation module is being developed through internal funding.
Stuart Buckley, senior director, business development and sales, Cobham, said: ‘These breathing sensors are built upon our licensed gas sensing technology and will capture the data needed to help identify and ultimately prevent these symptoms from occurring.’
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