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Every year we receive requests from students around the world on how to build a model parachute. We have compiled this page from various sources and people's experiences. We thank our sources for sharing this information with everyone! Please fill free to send us more tips related to aviation projects do at your schools.

Can you drop an egg without it breaking ?
 
 
 
 
 Making The Parachute

There are lots of ways to make a parachute:

#1

  • Cut a circle of plastic about 30 inches in diameter.
    I used a large garbage bag which I cut open and then I used the lid from a round trash can as a guide to cut the plastic into a circle.

  • Punch 8 holes around the edge of the plastic circle.
    To make the parachute stronger, first put some scotch tape on the plastic where you plan to punch the holes.
  • Tie 18 inch pieces of string to the plastic circle.
    Try and make each piece the same length. Tie all eight pieces together where the cargo hold will be attached.
  • I used a piece of sponge for the cargo hold.
    Cut a little hollow in the sponge so that the egg can balance in it.
  • Now go and test it out !!
    (You may also need some cleaning materials to wipe up any mess)
    When an object falls from a great height it picks up speed, but the resistance of air finally causes it to fall at a steady speed. The large surface of a parachute acts as an air brake, checking the velocity of the person or object attached and making it possible for a safe landing.

#2

  • Cut a cellophane or tissue paper square (36cm)
  • Put a piece of tape on each corner
  • Punch a hole through tape at each corner
  • Cut four pieces of string 41cm long
  • Tie a piece of string to each corner
  • Tie loose ends of string together
  • Attach paper clip (add more to increase the load)

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/tf/p/paperclip/paperclip.html

More tips: http://www.pbs.org/rogers/R_house/object3.htm


 

Articles of Interest to High School and College Students:
http://www.pcprg.com/student.htm

 

Parachute Construction:
http://www.fruitychutes.com/how_to_make_a_parachute.htm

http://www.nakka-rocketry.net/paracon.html

 

Famous Firsts in Aviation:
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004537.html


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