P4_2 Parachuting in Tibet

Rhys David Williams, George Thomas, Danae King, Yasum Abbas


It is well known that the density of air decreases with altitude. This article discusses the minimum cross-sectional area of a parachute required for a safe landing on the Tibetan Plateau (4500 m in altitude). We calculated that a cross-sectional area of 34 m2 is needed to limit the deceleration down to a safe 16 G, whereas, at sea level the cross-sectional area needed is only 22 m2.

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