Accession Number : AD0787637

Title :   The Encapsulating Life Raft System,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA CREW SYSTEMS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Jencks,Craig S.

Report Date : 01 MAY 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The encapsulating life raft system has been developed as an emergency flotation platform for the purpose of substantially increasing water survivability for downed aircrewmen of ejection seat type aircraft. Actuation of this life raft system during parachute descent results in the aviator becoming rapidly and completely enclosed within the raft system, prior to water impact. Water immersion of the aviator is effectively prevented thereby greatly eliminating the survival hazards associated with parachute entanglement, raft boarding, and physiological degradation caused by cold water exposure. With the demonstrated ability of this system to prevent water immersion of the man, this life raft has been made as essential component in the development of a passive, fully integrated survival system that expectantly will eliminate the need for cumbersome cold weather anti-exposure garments. Verification of both the life raft's feasibility and reliability has been proven in an extensive test program. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Life rafts, *Flight crews, *Protective equipment, Emergencies, Naval Aircraft, Ejection seats, Parachute descents, Floating bodies, Reliability, Test methods

Subject Categories : Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE