The key task of the working program (primary objective criterion) lies in developing first functional prototypes for pedestrians with insecure gait for the protection and rescue system filed as a patent, which – slightly modified – are also suitable for speeds up to maximum 25 km/h.
Since this concerns the largest user group by far here, the fastest compensation of the investment costs – and in addition also extensive public relation for the overall concept – can be expected with its global application and marketing.
Under this technical and economic premise the system components (secondary objective criterion), which are required for fall damping from higher speeds, are to be checked for their suitability already at the start of the project– with the objective to provide users such as motorcyclists, skiers, horsemen, mechanics et al. with a so far barely imaginable chance of survival when falling, as soon as possible.
The optimal adjustment of the individual system components is comprehended as the primary, short-term achievable objective (see below): These have been produced in large scales for, amongst others, the automotive sector for years and have already been modified for various applications in small series (e.g. avalanche airbag). Product requests for the following components have been initiated:
a) Cold gas generators without pyrotechnics (“better airbags”) and pressurized gas tanks of lightest construction (CFRP),
b) Protector shells made of CFRP or comparable fiber-reinforced composites,
c) AirPost foils, tear-resistant with a minimum dimensional weight,
d) Sensor technology for procedural system activation and control (“smart sensors”)
e) Selection of fabrics for the module integration in clothing of common sizes
The components a) to c), derived from the airbag principle, are to be integrated into the respective protective clothing as easily replaceable units. Various suppliers in Germany and abroad are available for the components d) and e) – first contacts have already been established in order to be activated at the start of research in a timely manner.
The usage criteria of suitable components, which of course have to be acceptable for future users, have already been formulated and can be developed for series production with today’s technology within a maximum of 2 years according to consistent statements of qualified engineers.
A test prototype can be operational with the mentioned research expenditure (€ 2 million) already in the first year, which may only be tested on dummies and stuntmen due to its conventional, still pyrotechnical activatable gas generator.
The necessary detailed information including required test procedures can be clarified in the context of a presentation, if necessary supported by respective experts.