New mission for XCub

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — A CubCrafters XCub is poised to make a big impact on military personnel recovery.

The general aviation aircraft was recently purchased by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for its initial “Lysander” flying experiment, which will demonstrate the Low Altitude Sensing Helmet system, known as LASH.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Low Altitude Sensing Helmet, or LASH, Lysander XCub on its way from CubCrafters’ headquarters in Yakima, Washington, to Maryland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Eldridge)

LASH, a portable kit developed by the AFRL 711th Human Performance Wing’s Airman Systems Directorate, contains specialized equipment, including a flight helmet, a thermal camera, night vision goggles, and various other components.

The kit can quickly and easily be installed onto nearly any general aviation aircraft to equip pilots for low-level, low-speed, nighttime flight — something that is essential for personnel recovery and other “featherweight airlift” special missions, according to Dr. Darrel G. Hopper, 711th Human Performance Wing project lead.

<img data-attachment-id="1502797" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="1200,675" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.5","credit":"Richard Eldridge","camera":"NIKON D750","caption":"The Air Force Research Laboratoryu2019s Low Altitude Sensing Helmet, or LASH, system Lysander XCub sits on the tramac during a stop at the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, Ohio, Dec. 21, 2020. The aircraft was traveling to the AFRL 711th Human Performance Wingu2019s contracted research flight test

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