The US Air Force Research Laboratory seeks companies to license and manufacture the Ruck Dock, a load carriage connector system designed to enable rapid mounting and demounting of personal load bearing equipment
The Ruck Dock consists of two mating halves that allow connection under various angles of approach. Despite a heavy load, or being unable to view the connector orientation, the end-user can reliably and quickly couple and decouple the system.
A military mounting system (the MOLLE) was devised to improve on the lack of customization encountered with standardized rucksacks. While the MOLLE system does allow for increased user customization, it does not empower the user to rapidly configure gear with changes in an activity or mission.
The Ruck Dock improves the speed in which the entire load carriage system is donned and doffed. Rucksacks and tactical vests that both incorporate load-bearing belts can be coupled together into a single device.
The Ruck Dock will benefit civilians and military personnel who wear heavy backpacks (campers, rangers, firefighters, hikers, deployed soldiers, etc.). The system allows an end-user to efficiently and evenly distribute the weight of a load and transfer it from the shoulders and spine to the legs, which are better able to carry weight with less fatigue and injury to the user, while enabling rapid mounting and demounting of equipment.
• Issued US Patent No. 8,857,681, is available for license
• Potential for collaboration with lab researchers
• Successfully field tested and under consideration for broad implementation
• No-cost licensing assistance available