Skydiving, as a sport, has developed immensely in recent years. Skydivers are continually trying their limits and putting their equipment to the test, for example, when jumping from outer space or doing other stunts. Skydivers now also make more use of technology. This means that skydiving gear is continuously developing.
Here are some examples of the newest tech used in skydiving equipment at the moment.
Automatic Activation Devices
For a long time, a parachute that opens itself was only a fantasy. Now, devices exist that can automatically launch the parachute based on air pressure and weather. This can be a lifesaver that increases the safety for the skydivers. The devices have come a long way from unpredictable and potentially dangerous options to an integral part of a parachute.
Estimating the distance can be difficult in any conditions, and the adrenaline of a free fall from several miles up is not going to make it easier to assess when is the correct time to deploy the parachute. However, this is the most critical aspect of skydiving. Different devices have been designed to help the skydivers to estimate how high they are, and when is the time to open the parachute. These devices can give alarms and inform the skydiver using sound or coloured led lights, making jumping much more relaxed and safer.
Communication and Orienting Technology
Optimally a skydiver would always land in the same, pre-designated spot after a jump. There is already advanced GPS technology that helps jumpers get the landing just right. Despite this, it is still very easy to miss the landing spot, and it is not necessarily the skydiver’s fault. Some GPS devices allow the jumpers to communicate their landing spot and position at any moment. This allows other people to track their fall and to pick them up after landing. In many cases, communication technology is also used to reserve spots on planes for skydiving, making reservations much easier.