Air Force Crowdsources FAST Rope Glove Design

The Air Force posted a challenge on InnoCentive for designs of a Fast Rope Glove Device. This is a great example of DoD Crowdsourcing that should continue to be adopted for larger systems to achieve cost savings and innovative solutions.

The Seeker would like to develop a simple system or approach that can be employed with or as a FAST rope to maintain a fast but safe descent rate without heating or burning the hands of the user, either in conjunction with existing gloves and ropes, or as a replacement to existing components such as gloves or ropes.

Challenge Overview

Award: $15,000
Deadline: 17 Dec 11

A FAST rope is used by Military personnel to descend quickly from a helicopter in hostile situations. The FAST rope is about 2” thick, 50-to-90-feet long, and several operators may be on the rope at the same time.

The Seeker would like to develop a simple system or approach that can be employed with or as a FAST rope to maintain a fast but safe descent rate of a 300 – 400 lb (man and equipment) without heating or burning the hands of the user, either in conjunction with existing gloves and ropes, or as a replacement to existing components.

To contribute to the FAST Glove Challenge or learn of other innovations, visit InnoCentive.

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