Engineering at LSI
Life Support International’s in-house engineering team offers robust design capability to every customer. Whether tailoring an existing product to your situation or addressing your operational requirements with a ground-up solution, LSI is prepared to deliver the quality and innovation that you need.
LSI’s nimble, creative engineers design, prototype, test and produce solutions in-house. Our engineers come to LSI with significant experience in the aerospace industry and the Research and Development Centers of the U.S. Military. Their years of design, testing and program management experience uniquely equip them to turn ideas into life-saving products. View Case Studies.
With over 55 years of collective experience, the team utilizes a hands-on approach as well as 2D and 3D CAD software to develop new solutions and support existing products. Stationed right off of the LSI warehouse floor, the engineers work hand-in-hand with technicians to ensure that every system is effective and dependable. Learn more about Our Qualifications and Certifications.
This extensive in-house capability is reinforced by the vast network of industry partners that LSI has developed through years of excellence in the life support industry. LSI’s team of engineers has developed custom solutions for over 20 countries around the world, so share your challenges or ideas with us to ensure that you are well equipped for the demands of tomorrow. View LSI's History of Military Programs and Applications over the years.
Unique Solutions for Survival
For over 30 years, LSI has developed unique Aviation Aircrew Life Support Systems (ALSS) for a variety of customers; U.S. & foreign military, major airframe manufactures, airborne Special Operations units, etc. The breadth of our projects range from having developed highly specialized ejection seat survival systems for NATO trainer aircraft, providing Airborne Special Forces units with an air-droppable Life Raft system, developed unique space survival kits for NASA, designed an extreme state-of-the-art parachute Bailout system for the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.
Projects similar to the case studies below are instrumental in defining LSI as a Company.
The UNI-PAC II™ air-drop survival kit is a semi-rigid, fully adjustable cylindrical canister, designed to be rigged for delivery from the side door, tail ramp or bomb-bay of various multi role aircraft applications.
Survival Vest, Life Preserver, Tree Escape / Lowering Device
The MK-46 SV(M)™ is an integrated life preserver/survival vest system which incorporates an inflatable life preserver, modular survival vest, and lowering device.
A mesh vest provides a platform for the integration of the life preserver, equipment pockets, hoisiting/lifting becket and aircrew restraint harness.
Application: Ejection Seat aircraft, MIG-29
Emergency Bailout System utilized by Steve Fosset in Global Flyer during record breaking around the world flight completed on February 11th, 2006. This system was designed and manufactured by Life Support International. The total pack size is 13" x 15" x 3".
HARD™ Life Raft System - Helicopter Air Droppable Rescue Device
The HARD™ Life Raft System is designed to provided total protection of the onboard life raft. It is rigged for air drop capability, enabling the aircrew to also use the life raft for rescues of others in water. The concept was initially designed for the U.S. Special Force 160th SOAR(A) on board MH-47 Chinhook helicopter, however the HARD Life Raft System can be easily modified for other aircraft applications.
LSI introduced new life raft packaging to eradicate several challenges faced by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment crews.
Environmental Packaging reduced the bulk of each life raft and reduced
maintenance frequency from twice per year to one inspection every five years.
Additionally, Environmental Packaging led to improved long-term storage and
decreased replacement costs.
The updated HARD Canisters are air-droppable via static line, are easier to deploy and inflate. Each Canister has clearly marked instructions for ease of use and is equipped with a manual inflation handle and Quick-Release Suspension System rated to 30G, increasing the safety of the 160th SOAR unit and the likelihood of successful rescues. Read the full case study.