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Cobham receives pilot life support system contract

23rd July 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cobham has received a contract from the US Navy's Office of the Secretary of Defense, Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme, to develop an autonomous pilot life support system, the company announced on 17 July.

Under the contract, the company will develop a sensor driven breathing regulator that will be able to automatically adjust oxygen dose to the pilot based on changing physiological need and dynamic aircraft conditions. Cobham’s SmartFLO electronic breathing regulator will autocorrect the flow to proactively pre-empt the onset of hypoxia-like symptoms to better protect the pilot, if unexpected changes in cabin pressure or excessive expired carbon dioxide levels in the pilot’s breathing are detected.

The advanced SmartFLO electronic regulator is a smart component within Cobham’s Auto Response Guided Oxygen System (ARGOS) that will have the ability to control the entire pilot oxygen system from air source to mask.

Cobham will also expand its VigilOX sensor system’s physiological data profile under a joint FCT programme with Elbit Systems, by integrating additional technology from Elbit Systems’ Canary, a real-time pilot health monitoring system, to capture hemo-dynamic pilot data. The combined data will deliver a more complete picture of what is happening to the pilot during extreme flight conditions. Cobham will develop an algorithm to drive the regulator to increase or decrease oxygen dose based on sensor inputs.

Delivery of the regulator is expected in 2019.

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