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Parachute Automatic Activation Device (AAD) for Low Altitude Jumps

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When a parachute malfunctions, it is critical that the jumper deploys the reserve parachute quickly to ensure that the reserve has adequate time to inflate and slow the jumper's descent. Minimum container opening altitudes above the ground for recreational skydivers are at least 2000 feet AGL, which affords the jumper enough time to determine his canopy status and activate the reserve if necessary. Military training jumps are often done from 800 feet AGL and there is very little time to determine whether a malfunction exists. Consequently, the use of an Automatic Activation Device (AAD) is needed since the jumper's reaction time may be inadequate to ensure a safe landing. The success of this Phase II contract led to a Phase III Army funded effort and a Phase II Plus award.


AOD design.


Completed for Army.

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