Accession Number : ADD010516

Title :   Cargo Lift System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Miller,Ralph A ; White,Randall F

Report Date : 12 Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A system for transferring cargo at sea by helicopter includes an automatically activated self inflatable apparatus for reducing the velocity of the cargo if jettisoned or inadvertently dropped into the sea and for keeping the cargo afloat until retrieval may be accomplished. The cargo is lifted by a support sling attachable to a helicopter suspension cargo hook and simultaneously connected to a second sling in parallel to the helicopter through the rapidly deployable retardation and floatation device. Release of the support sling causes the cargo to drop and initiate deployment and inflation of the ribs of the parachute thereby retarding the cargo's descend and providing buoyancy for its floatation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Cargo handling, *Cargo parachutes, Lifting bodies, Helicopters, Drops, Suspension devices, Hooks, Parachutes, Slings, Deployment, Flotation, Buoyancy, Materials recovery

Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes
      Information Science
      Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE