Air Force Tests New System to Monitor for Hypoxia Problems



The Air Force is testing a breathing and cockpit environment monitoring system developed by Cobham to provide data to address the continuing problem of pilots developing hypoxia-like symptoms.

The military “doesn’t know what’s at the root of the problem, and Cobham doesn’t either. Nobody does,” said Rob Schaeffer, business management developer for Cobham Mission Systems Division. But he said the Cobham system could help pinpoint the solution.

At the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Monday, Schaeffer said the company had delivered eight of its inhalation monitors in June to the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) for testing.

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