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Equipment consisting of a canopy that is connected to a harness by suspension lines; it is deployed at a given altitude to slow a sky diver’s descent.
parachute sky diver pilot chute slider brake loop suspension line canopy stabilizer harness

sky diver click to hear

Person who jumps with a parachute; this individual might compete in free fall or canopy maneuvers, landing accuracy or other kinds of events.

pilot chute click to hear

Small parachute that deploys the canopy; to open the parachute, the sky diver opens the pilot chute, which pulls the canopy out of the pack.

slider click to hear

Part that slows down the deployment of the canopy to absorb the impact of deceleration as it opens up.

brake loop click to hear

Two cables that control the parachute’s direction.

suspension line click to hear

Cables that connect the canopy to the harness.

canopy click to hear

Structure made of fabric cells that, when filled with air, forms a rectangular surface with the aerodynamic properties of an airplane wing.

stabilizer click to hear

Fabric triangle attached to the sides of the canopy; it is used primarily to stabilize the parachute.

harness click to hear

Arrangement of straps that connects the sky diver to the suspension lines of the main and reserve canopies; it is stowed in a pack before departure.