Accession Number:

AD0292761

Title:

MODULAR RESTRAINT, RECOVERY, AND SURVIVAL SYSTEM

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Corporate Author:

STENCEL AERO ENGINEERING CORP ASHEVILLE N C

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Report Date:

1962-08-24

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

A modular system, consisting of a seat back and bottom with a parachute bridle connected to the structure, provides greatly increased pilot restraint, comfort, and convenience by use of a combined flight and parachute harness. The system offers a survival capability which carries full escape automation beyond the point of parachute opening and through touchdown on either land or water. Development of the modular seat included bridle geometry studies, opening shock studies, para-raft inflation studies, deceleration device development, various special tests, a system test series, and restraint development yielding a superior restraint system complete with hardware. Operational modes provided for were automatic water entry with man in inflated raft, seated land touchdown, foot-first land touchdown, overside bailout, and ditching. Further development, already underway under other contracts, will combine this system with a rocket cushioning device and later, the addition of the ballistic parachute should give a much more highly refined escape system than any presently in use. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE