High Altitude Balloon Dummy Drops. II. The Stabilized Dummy Drops
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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A study was conducted to develop a means of eliminating body tumbling, spinning, and rotation which are inherent in a long free-fall from extremely high altitude. Dummy men, wearing seat-style instrument kits and stabilization parachute assemblies, were carried to altitudes between 30,000 and 98,000 feet. They were released from the balloons by radio-command, and the instrument kits recorded effectiveness of the parachutes and movements of the dummies. The tests proved that an effective means of stability could be provided and that live jumps could be made safely from high altitude with the parachute developed during this program.
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