Vita Rescue System stops swing, spin, and oscillation for rescue missions
By Naomi Szeben
Vita Inclinata Technologies, which stabilizes loads and stops spins, launched the Vita Rescue System.
Its Army-tested litter stabilization system, is now 60 per cent lighter, and configurable for any current or future vertical lift rescue kit, including Stokes litter, SKEDCO, Rescue Bag, and more.
Vita’s Stokes Litter configuration, formerly known as the Load Stability System-Litter Attachment (LSS-LA), received Army Airworthiness Release in November 2020 and is now expected to have full Airworthiness Release for some other configurations by November 2021.
Bryce Anderson, VP of Army Programs for Vita and former PD MEDEVAC stated that being able to execute hoists at full operational speed with no swing, no spin, and no taglines promises to change future rescue dynamics.
The Vita Rescue System offers the following:
- Still uses the company’s proprietary software in its Control Engine, which analyzes environmental factors like wind, rotorwash, and more 100x per second and dynamically adjusts to hold the load stable
- Still helicopter-agnostic
- Military-tested for no electromagnetic interference with aircraft avionics
- Easily configured or retrofitted to any current or future vertical lift rescue system, including Stokes, Skedco, Rescue Bag, or any other option
- Modular — telescoping and foldable to stow away very easily — and with very little effort, unfold it, telescope it and get to work.
- At sub-40 pounds and 60 per cent lighter than Vita’s technical demonstrator, it’s portable and packable
- Ruggedized for military operations
Caleb Carr, Vita Inclinata CEO attributes this change to listening to customers’ requests for more options at the end of the hoist. “We have been conducting soldier touchpoints in conjunction with the US Army Aeromedical Research Lab (USAARL) and getting feedback from commercial and volunteer rescue units as well.
“We’ve now created a whole new customizable system, including our new stabilized Hoist Rescue for those of you running rescue ops on just the hook—which we’ll start showing this Fall. Stay tuned,” he added.