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Proposal Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0001-II
Proposal Title: Quick Release Connector
Topic Number: H-SB013.1-005
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems
Organization: SkySight Technologies LLC
Address: 5836 Highview Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905  
Abstract: The proposed SkySight Technologies Quick Release Connector will independently detect an unexpected mechanical load on the power distribution line. The compact and lightweight SkySight Quick Release Connector uses existing methods and hardware to integrate into the infrastructure, and no special tools or skills are required. While the connector can be latched by hand without any special tools, it cannot be released until the auto-sensing release is triggered or the lineman releases it. When the line tension reaches the predetermined level, the line will be released and can fall to the ground. After release, the SkySight Quick Release Connector body remains attached to the utility pole and the line can be easily reached for line reattachment. Constructed from materials able to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the SkySight Quick Release Connector provides decades of operational life. The Phase II effort begins at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4. A TRL 7 is expected at completion of Phase II. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the concept and constructing pre-production prototypes for field demonstration and testing. Additional commercial applications include telecommunications cables on the same poles as power lines.
Award/Contract Number: D14PC00072
Period of Performance: 04/21/2014 - 02/02/2017
Award/Contract Value: $760,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $760,000.00