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Cobham Mission Systems’ VigilOX™ pilot breathing sensors selected by US Air Force for evaluation on T-6 test fights


Cobham Mission Systems’ VigilOX™ pilot breathing sensors selected by US Air Force for evaluation on T-6 test fights

VigilOX™ sensors data is analyzed post-flight to help inform conditions around unexplained physiological events

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2020 — Cobham Mission Systems’ VigilOX™ pilot breathing sensors have been selected by the U.S. Air Force to be evaluated on T-6 test flights as a first phase of the service’s Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Try-Decide-Buy (TDB) contract. VigilOX™ pilot-worn sensors capture comprehensive, real-time respiratory and cabin environmental data during flight to provide insight into the performance of both the aircraft system and pilot breathing. Data includes the oxygen concentration, flow rate, mask pressure, and cabin temperature, pressure and acceleration. If the evaluation of VigilOX™ is successful in the Try-Decide-Buy phase of the contract, the Air Force will procure a larger quantity of VigilOX™ sensors for use on T-6 training flights. The contract award is in support of the Sensors for T-6 Oxygen and Physiological Systems (STOPS) program.

“Being selected for evaluation by the Air Force is a reflection of the quality and trust in our comprehensive VigilOX™ sensor technology, as well as our team’s total commitment to protecting the warfighter,” said Rob Schaeffer, product director for Environmental Systems at Cobham Mission Systems.  “VigilOX™ data will be analyzed post-flight to help understand the root cause of unexplained physiological events (UPEs) that have occurred on T-6 aircraft. This understanding will lead to better protection of the pilot.”

VigilOX™ has successfully completed evaluation by NAVAIR on F-18 and T-45 aircraft and has aided NAVAIR in closing out root cause and corrective action fault tree branches. The pilot sensors are also being flown by an international user group and have been used in a NASA pilot breathing study to better understand how flight conditions can impact a pilot’s breathing during high-performance aircraft flights.

Sera Star Systems (S3), a federal procurement solutions company approved to bid on the Air Force contract, is supplying VigilOX™ for this application. Should VigilOX™ be selected for future procurement, Sera Star will solicit a proposal from Cobham Mission Systems to supply follow up sensor hardware for the T-6 training flights.

For more information on Cobham Mission Systems VigilOX™ sensors and oxygen life support products, visit or contact Rob Schaeffer, product director for Environmental Systems at or (716) 667-6568.

About Cobham Mission Systems

As the world’s leading supplier of critical control solutions, Cobham Mission Systems helps customers increase the safety and mission capabilities of personnel and equipment in extreme environments. Proven and trusted solutions include air-to-air refueling, fuel tank inerting, life support, space propulsion, weapons carriage and missile actuation that enable customers to achieve mission success.

About Sera Star Systems (S3)                                                                      

For over a decade, S3 has been a strategic technology partner and a key supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces and government agencies, providing value-added services and solutions to large and small businesses seeking government contracts. S3 is a qualified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) reseller and distributor who partners with manufacturers to facilitate sales to federal agencies.


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