Medical evacuation, search and rescue, and cargo transport missions require that helicopter hoist operations be performed in the face of disadvantageous environmental conditions. Hoisted objects tend to spin while being lifted under a helicopter due to rotor downwash.
Spinning is a potentially catastrophic event that leads to evacuee nausea, disorientation, and vertigo, and can be life-threatening.
Stabilizing Aerial Loads Utility System
Operationally Unobtrusive Anti-rotational Device
SALUS (Stabilizing Aerial Loads Utility System) consists a suite of electronics responsible for detecting motion and dictating motor behavior.
About The Product
A switch-enabled stability manager controls a spinning reaction-wheel to counter the angular momentum of a hoisted object.
SALUS connects to the hoist hook and lift slings, ensuring stability regardless of load type or the external environment.
An intuitive UX and simplicity of operation ensure existing hoist standard operating procedures remain intact.
SALUS supports various modules, to include visual and infrared lighting for load illumination.