Patten has developed, engineered and manufactured NASA life rafts since the first Apollo mission. Our rafts have been to the moon and back, been on every Space Shuttle mission, and were deployed around the world for NASA’s Skylab program. Patten has also been selected by NASA to work on space capsule flotation collars and lifesaving rafts for the Orion Mars project.
Apollo capsule with our 7-man recovery raft
Exiting the spacecfraft...
Apollo 11 makes a smooth splashdown in 1969, aided by our rafts and flotation devices.
Patten Aiding Recovery
Astronaut Thomas D. Akers afloat in our LRU-18/U life raft.
Astronaut John Glenn in one of our rafts.
Ready to be picked up
Three astronaut training in our rafts.