For many, skydiving looks like a sport supported by the wind and a nylon bag designed to withstand a speed of close to 200 km per hour. However, this could not be any farther from the truth. There is a lot on the technical side that supports this sport.
The Automatic Activation Device
This is a small device that has transformed the entire skydiving experience. It works with an electric charge and has a cutting blade to help open your parachute when you are not able to do so manually.
The device can recognize different altitudes. This way, when you are falling at a drastic speed and do not have your parachute open, the AAD detects a certain altitude where it automatically fires up and opens the parachute.
Reserve Static Line (RSLs) and Main Assisted Reserve Deployment System (MARDS)
These are technologies that assist in deployment. The Reserve Static Line is a link between the pilot chute and the riser of the primary parachute. Its work is to help deploy the reserve parachute with assistance from the primary parachute.
The Main Assisted Reserve Deployment System also helps in the deployment of the reserve parachute. The two work together in that; the RSL pulls the pin which is responsible for keeping the reserve parachute in place while the MARDS pulls the pin and pulls out the reserve parachute with help from the main parachute’s pressure.
Altimeters are of two types; the digital and the audible altimeters. The digital ones are worn on the left hand to give an accurate reading of the current altitude. The audible altimeters help skydivers know once they reach certain altitudes.
The skydiver sets these altitudes according to their preference, and the audible altimeter makes a particular sound to notify the diver once they are at their pre-selected altitude.