Felixs free fall from space..

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  1. Torch

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    Really cool Torch. That spin would have got me. Wonder if he had an auto-deploy on the chute
     
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    I hope he did,with that spin you could easily get disorientated, he recovered thou.
     
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    Think there was an autodeploy on the chute.

    Still a cool video though!
     
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    did he slow down as he got closer to earth? he was up to mach 1 at one point. I cant imagine popping a chute at that speed and not getting serious injured.
     
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    Yep, once he reached denser air, he'd slow down to a TV of 120 mph in a stable position. Although he used a 'throw away' to deploy his canopy, he would almost certainly have had a AOD fitted also.
    At the top of the lift webs (risers, in American parlance), there is a small rectangle of fabric called a 'slider', which is designed to slow the deployment (relatively) of the 'ram air' canopy as it leaves the pack, to minimise any line twists, and reduce opening shock. That said, the harness would expand considerably as the canopy deployed, allowed for in the design and employment of the webbing material, before quickly returning to 'normal'.
     
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    What a buzz though. Awesome!
     
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