- Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:01 am
The idea seems to be to reduce the free fall velocity to a safe level. If one assumes that a terminal velocity of, say, 16 feet/sec is acceptable, it is a simple mater to calculate the surface area required to achieve this velocity for a 200 lb person plus another 30 lbs for the suit and gas cylinder.
The problem is that this may be fairly large and will require a very large suit. The idea is interesting. One can design a couple of ribbed 'wings' sprouting out on the sides of the suit (slightly swept back to give stability in free fall), which also get inflated. Such a design will give a large drag area without too much volume so that a manageable light weight compressed air cylinder can be attached to the suit.