This video might have just convinced me that skydiving could be more fun than it is terrifying! From Matthew Mullins on hackster.io:
As a skydiving instructor measuring the speed of a parachute has been a guessing game until now. As an instructor teaching a new student about parachute piloting, or as a licensed skydiver curious about just how fast you can go, the Para-speedo is an important new tool. Once the parachute is deployed, and flying properly the danger is not over. In fact the majority of incidents that occur in skydiving happen under a fully functioning parachute. These incidents can me mitigated by measuring the speed of a parachute. Some of these incidents happen because of students not being able to manage high wind scenarios, and not being able to pilot the canopy back to the landing area. Depending on the wind speed and heading a parachute may not be able to move in a horizontal manner into the wind direction. If the student can not make it back to the proper landing area, then landing in an alternate area may cause issues. The Para-speedo will allow instructors to measure the parachute speed, and calculate the ability of a parachute to deal with high winds. Also, for experienced jumpers, buying a small sport parachute that goes really fast is fun! Until now there hasn’t been a way to see exactly how fast your parachute is flying.
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