Sikorsky was tasked by an international naval customer to provide an External Life Raft Pod (ELRP) for its MH-60R helicopters that could manually or automatically deploy under the toughest weather conditions, and to be easily operated with limited dexterity in a thick survival suit and gloves in cold water conditions. Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) designed and manufactured the ELRPs to meet those engineering challenges. After a rigorous testing program, Sikorsky’s ELRP is now available as an option for the international customer’s MH-60R and can be qualified for other H-60 helicopters.
The ELRP can be jettisoned from up to 50 feet altitude at 60 knots of forward velocity, and deploys a TSO C70a Type 1 compliant cold weather six-person life raft and survival kit. In an aircraft ditching scenario, the ELRP automatically deploys and floats to the surface for access by survivors. The pod remains sealed until manual actuation of large orange manual release handles, and is buoyant both before and after deployment. Automatically activated LED strobe locator lights are visible for over three miles and are designed to strobe continuously for 12 hours.
To perform in this aerospace program, MAPC’s Brunswick, Maine office became AS9100 compliant. Please see Specification Sheet for more information.
MAPC has been chosen to demonstrate its Unmanned GARC and a smaller version of it’s TALONS towed parafoil during the United State’s Marine Corps and U.S. Navy new amphibious technologies exercise this April in California.
For more about the exercise, please see this news article.
For more about TALONS-S and Unmanned GARC, please visit our website!
Please consider voting, MAPC to help us win a $25,000 FedEX Small Business Grant award so that we can support a part-time apprentice mentor to help students at Carver High School learn and have hands-on experiences with CNC machining at our facility!
We are maritime engineering firm, built on finding robust solutions to formidable problems in challenging environments.
MAPC began in 1986, with just $4,000 and has since grown to an $11-$15M company with products ranging from air-droppable rescue boat (the GARC), buoys, and new Baltimore City Water Taxis for Under Armour. Our commitment to customer satisfaction sets us apart: our products withstand the test of time and are designed to work in the most difficult environments- including waves as high as 25 feet! We lead a city high school apprenticeship program and also work in the renewable energy industry.
MAPC would use the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest cash to bring on a part-time trainer/mentor for our apprenticeship program for Carver High School advanced manufacturing program’s graduating seniors. With an aging workforce of engineers, MAPC would like to enhance our training curriculum by bringing on a part-time trainer who will teach CNC machining, welding and advanced manufacturing techniques to make sure our City’s youth are ready for the future job opportunities.