The Drop Zone Marker & Wind Direction Indicator is a compact parachutist-deployed landing aid for night operations.
The DZM is configured with visible lights or infrared (IR).
The DZM is comprised of two sets of light modules, one steady and one flashing, separated by 30 to 50 feet of nylon line. Each light module has two opposite-facing high intensity LED luminaires to ensure visibility from all directions.
The DZM is deployed by a parachutist while under canopy with a one-handed, single motion. The device illuminates automatically upon deployment and descends rapidly until the ballast and steady light lands. Once landed, the chute with the flashing light drifts in the direction of the wind until fully grounded, providing an indication of relative wind speed and direction.
The DZM packs into a throw bag that is integrated into the chute.