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SES supplies safety equipment for Jaguar Land Rover ‘Project Hero’ PR campaign

SES provides their unique compact & lightweight Micro-Stretcher for the PR campaign of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations ‘Project Hero’ for Austrian Red Cross.

As part of their 64-year global relationship between Land Rover and the Red Cross, this unique version of the New Land Rover Discovery will feature the world‘s first drone technology, created to help the Red Cross save lives.

Project Hero was presented to the world’s media at the Geneva Motor Show on 7th April  – an advanced communication vehicle created to support Jaguar Land Rover’s partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Land Rover, to be trialled by their emergency response teams, is hoped to help the Red Cross save lives by speeding up response times to disasters.

The SES Micro Stretcher supports the needs of this initiative, designed to help emergency response teams attend to the injured quickly, safely and effectively across the most challenging and dramatic landscapes. With the drone airbourne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’ teams to ensure the retrieval of casualties in often dangerous conditions, be it desert, mountain, battlefield or natural disasters such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and avalanches.

The Micro-Stretcher can be assembled in just a few seconds and provides significant strength, rigidity, spinal and head support for the casualty, with 4-6 person lift by person or vertical winch by helicopter. Already put to the test in full military combat for French Special Forces, the Micro-Stretcher was successful in coming to the aid of casualties in the field, aiding quick and effective onwards care.

Just under 2-metres long, the SES Micro-Stretcher collapses into a compact ‘laptop’ sized bag for use by ground personnel and takes up minimal space where stowage restrictions may apply, as in Project Hero.

Dell Hall, Managing Director of SES was delighted to supply the SES Micro-Stretcher for use in Project Hero’s publicity, as it so adequately demonstrates the typical application for the product in difficult, challenging and often life-critical situations.

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SES checks parachutes as used in warbird aircraft

This week see’s SES servicing parachutes for some of Boultbee Flight Academy’s World War Two aircraft. Boultbee is the world’s first Spitfire training school and approved Spitfire and Mustang Flight Provider offering experience flights and specialised aircraft flight training by some of the finest ex-military and civilian pilots in the world. Companies such as Boultbee offer this service commonly used to train RAF pilots in the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

Within each aircraft, a parachute is fitted, the Strong 306 Squadron Seat model is the choice parachute for Boultbee because it was deigned to be used with the bucket style seat configuration found in most warbird aircraft.  Their parachutes have now been serviced and re-packed by SES’s CAA certified Survival Equipment Technicians, who thoroughly visually inspected the whole assembly which includes the main canopy fabric, harness, pack and all hardware.

The 306 parachute has the modern 26ft Mid-Light canopy which have become known as the standard round reserve parachute for the industry. Over 30,000 canopies have been manufactured to exacting standards. These round canopies can take a huge amount of damage and still get you down safely.

Parachutes are required to be inspected and re-packed every 180 days, as per manufacturer’s instructions, not only to extend their serviceability but to “save lives”. Operations Assistant at Boultbee Flight Academy, Jack Rann said, “We choose SES as our service partner as they are highly regarded in the industry and extremely knowledgeable in parachute packing and inspection. We are extremely impressed with the service that SES provides and have a long and established relationship with them.  Having just had these parachutes serviced, we have just sent some more for service and will continue to do so”.

SES has a fully equipped parachute servicing bay for all your emergency parachutes in respect of inspection, service/overhaul, repair and re-pack. Every parachute comes complete will all the necessary documentation.

SES’s precision design & manufacturing skills support global engineering adventure – The Bloodhound Project

SES is always looking for opportunities to showcase their design and manufacturing capability and when approached by the Bloodhound team they were keen to be involved in such a credible project that is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

By bringing this unique engineering adventure to life, the project’s mission is focused around a 1000mph World Land Speed Record attempt.

Managing Director Del Hall was approached by the team at Bloodhound for his wealth of knowledge of parachute deployment systems and as a result was pleased to be one of the product sponsors of the project.  

The BLOODHOUND Project centres on BLOODHOUND SSC a supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000mph (1,600km/h). It will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

To date, unique parachute deployment chutes have been satisfactory tested using Jaguar F type R Coupe by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green as a world land speed of 186mph was achieved.  The chutes are designed to nestle next to BLOODHOUND SSC’s jet engine, were mounted sticking out of the rear windscreen of the Jaguar and successfully deployed via a cockpit mounted button at these speeds.

Photograph: from The Bloodhound Project

Del Hall’s expertise in the design, packing and safety inspection of parachute deployment systems led to the successful deployment sequence of the chute and the design of the drogue chutes in a safe controlled manner without using the supersonic car itself, giving the Bloodhound’s Engineering Team great confidence.

SES designed and built the brake parachute deployment outer cover which uses a high temperature flame retardant fabric.  As well as the primary deployment spring operating parachute and inner chute container.

The project is due to make its record attempt in South Africa in 2018

For more information about the Bloodhound project, please visit http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/

SES manages the complete overhaul of ejection seats on the only flying Sea Vixen in the world

SES conducted the complete ejection seat overhaul of the only remaining airworthy Sea Vixen in the world – G-CVIX XP924, supporting aviation history. Having just completed another annual service of the seats, SES is pleased to be supporting Naval Aviation Ltd – ensuring this iconic British aircraft remains flightworthy.

Photograph: Sea Vixen from Naval Aviation Ltd 

This all-British twin-boom, twin-turbojet fighter flew from Royal Navy aircraft carriers at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s and 70s and was the first British aircraft to be armed with guided missiles, rockets and bombs.

Based at RNAS Yeovilton and flying in 899 Naval Air Squadron colours from HMS Eagle, she remains to play a key role in the story of the evolution of the nation’s carrier aviation heritage.

SES’s engineers undertake a full annual service of the seats from their equipment maintenance facility in Tetbury which includes ejection seat, parachute and personal survival pack. Paul James, Naval Aviation Ltd’s Continuing Airworthiness Manager is delighted with the service it receives from SES, “SES have supported Sea Vixen from the start of its time at RNAS Yeovilton and are instrumental to the maintenance of its airworthy condition today”. Brian Johnstone, Chief Engineer at Naval Aviation Ltd adds, “The support we receive from SES is first class and always to the highest standard”. The Sea Vixen is regularly seen during air displays in the summer season.

Proud Supporters of SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition, 3-5th April

The 24th Annual SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition will take place in Zeist, Netherlands, 3-5th April. As a Company, we are involved in the planning and running of the Symposium and are proud to be part of this important annual event.

member of SAFE

This Symposium and exhibition provides an excellent forum for the exchange of information between Industry, Government Procurement agencies and Research Establishments in the field of Survival and Flight Equipment for both Military and Civil applications. SAFE has the fundamental aim of encouraging safety and survival through technical excellence by encouraging and stimulating dialogue between professional agencies, specialist equipment producers and the worldwide user community. For any other information about SAFE Europe or the Symposium please email info@safeeurope.co.uk.

SES safely parachutes Nampak Infini recycled milk bottles in trailer 

SES’s design & engineering capability at times sees us engaged in some interesting applications of our escape systems and survival equipment. We often find ourselves approached by production teams and film crews to support an array of bespoke manufacturing applications. The advert to demonstrate Namkpak Plastics Infini recycled milk bottle strength from 2012 is just one example. 

Benefitting from the expertise of our parachute expert Del Hall designed and manufactured the parachutes that saw the Infini bottles being safely parachuted to the ground from an Augusto Helicopter.  This innovative and lightweight range of high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles contains upto 20% less material than a standard bottle and up to 30% recycled HDPE and as we can clearly see strength is not compromised. Del Hall, Director of Survival Equipment Services commented, ‘We were thrilled to be part of this project and given this opportunity to utilise our design skills in such an innovative way”.  

A link to this trailer is attached below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSw-W3Tnlxk

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