A Philosophy of FreeFall

Since the dawn of time, humans have been obsessed with the sky. Naturally, this lead to an interest in flying and ultimately in falling. Origins of this interest and of the act of falling, have been traced back to Greek philosopher Aristotle when he mentioned falling objects in his book of Physics. Galileo advanced this idea when he dropped two …

Record Breaking Balloon Flights in Parachuting History – Part 2

During his first Excelsior jump on Nov. 15, 1959, Captain Kittinger nearly donated his body to science before actually finishing with it. Jumping from 76,000 feet, his stabilizing chute, used to prevent the deadly flat spin, deployed too soon, and its shrouds became entangled around his neck. Unconscious, Kittinger spiraled downward, uncontrollably cartwheeling at 120 rpms. Fortunately, his main chute …