Scott Receives NASA Contract
Scott Aviation, Lancaster, N.Y.,has received a contract from the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Tex., through its technology utilization program.
The contract, approximately $130,000, calls for Scott to generate design data and produce a lightweight, compressed air, demand-type breathing system for fire fighters. Like the Scott Air-Pak, the system will be an open-circuit design. It will use one of two lightweight cylinders presently under development by NASA to contain compressed air at 4500 psi. A new face mask, improved harness and back plate, a high-flow demand breathing regulator and a low-air alarm will be included in the design. The system has a weight projection of 20 pounds, which is 13 pounds lighter than existing breathing units of this type.