Skydiving has been described as one of the greatest adrenaline rushes a human being can have. So what keeps skydivers safe as they plummet to Earth? And what happens if something goes wrong on your jump?
How fast is a skydiver falling through the air in a typical jump?
How long is a skydiver typically in free fall?
At 2,500 feet, a skydiver deploys the:
automatic activation device (AAD)
The backup parachute is called the:
Skydivers can control their parachutes once they're deployed with handles called:
What is a bridle?
the pin holding the main canopy inside the container
a piece of nylon webbing that pulls out when the drogue is released
heavy nylon straps connecting the lines to the container
If something goes awry midjump, an AAD will release a backup chute at what height?
An AAD's cutter is:
the computer that measures a skydiver's altitude
a bullet that fires and cuts the closing loop to deploy the reserve chute if necessary
a battery that can power the AAD for up to 200 jumps
In tandem jumping, all skydiving pairs must have:
three extra reserve chutes due to the excessive speeds generated
a large drogue chute deployed to slow down the tandem from falling too fast
a radio communication system so that they can talk to one another in the air in case something goes wrong