Support of Homeland Security with Helicopter-Based Systems

A lightweight crew or cargo pod that may be carried by truck, rail or helicopter.  It is used for rapid deployment in many emergency scenarios.

A lightweight crew or cargo pod that may be carried by truck, rail or helicopter. This pod is used for rapid deployment in many emergency scenarios.

Emergency incidents like wildfires, earthquakes or terrorist attacks usually require the immediate deployment of personnel and equipment and supplies. To simplify the delivery of all the necessary items and people, KAMAN Aerospace and the United States Coast Guard are co-sponsoring a project in which students are developing a pod that is modular, flexible and portable and that can be used to ship supplies and then serve as a medical, sanitation or command facility. The design will allow the pod to be transported via available transportation, such as truck or plane, but the students are designing the pod such that it can also be delivered by helicopters like the KAMAN K-MAX that have a large carrying capacity.

Participants and Affiliations:

Robert Dinan, University of Hartford
Diana Ferraro, Tunxis Community College
Alex Hornecker, University of Hartford
Brent Mayerson, Manchester Community College
Christopher Mead, Manchester Community College

Source:http://www.kamanaero.com/helicopters/kmax.html