US 11,655,030 B2
Inflatable impact attenuator for parachuted items
David C. Cronk, Moab, UT (US); Thomas J. Price, Jr., Prescott, AZ (US); Curtis Glen Lilly, II, Waynesboro, VA (US); and Phillip Kevin Almarode, Waynesboro, VA (US)
Assigned to HDT Expeditionary Systems, Inc., Solon, OH (US)
Filed by HDT Expeditionary Systems, Inc., Solon, OH (US)
Filed on Jun. 17, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/350,495.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/045,595, filed on Jun. 29, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2021/0403162 A1, Dec. 30, 2021
Int. Cl. B64D 1/14 (2006.01)
CPC B64D 1/14 (2013.01) 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A system for cushioning air dropped cargo upon landing, the system comprising:
a pallet;
cargo supported on the pallet;
a lower cushioning assembly interposed between the pallet and the cargo, the lower cushioning assembly comprising an inflatable bladder which is inflated upon descent of the pallet;
an upper cushioning assembly located atop the cargo, the upper cushioning assembly comprising a pre-inflated bladder.