Innovative & Lightweight Cargo/Personnel Handling System (1001-953)
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-014
Topic Title: Innovative & Lightweight Cargo/Personnel Handling System (1001-953)
Proposal No.: N131-014-0043
CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts 01824
Contact: Jacob Alexander
Phone: (978) 250-4200
Web Site:
Abstract: The US Navy seeks to simplify loading, unloading and reconfiguring (between cargo & passenger missions) the C-2A aircraft with a view to reducing both operator stress and deck residence time during carrier flight operations. Triton Systems, Inc, proposes to meet this requirement using a combination of proven cargo/seat handling equipment designs and lightweight materials to offset any weight increase associated with the new cargo/seat handling hardware. A roller system will be used to load both cargo and seats including a removable roller system with quick-release attachment hardware for the ramp. The roller system design will be compatible with existing C-2 seat and floor tracks. This provides the Navy the option to avoid a costly requalification program for a new seat design (mindful of the fact that the C-2 seating must withstand catapults and traps) while leaving the door open for a possible new seat design in the future. A new cargo cage design will be explored that will a) take fuller advantage of the available cargo space (particularly overhead) than the current design , and b) include consideration of various options to reduce cage weight through the use of lightweight composite materials and/or parts consolidation.
Benefits: An innovative and more efficient cargo and personnel handling system capable of carrier operations can be transitioned into other nations airframes or be utilized in future design ideas, which will improve capabilities, safety, and reliability.