parachute

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adjective Referring to an appearance or structure characterised by multiple elongated fibres or cords at one end which connect at the periphery of a cupuliform structure at the opposite end
Drug slang noun A regional term for crack cocaine, smoked PCP, heroin

parachute

  1. a fold of skin used in gliding by, for example, the flying squirrel.
  2. any structure possessed by a seed such as dandelion, which assists in dispersal by the wind.
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Parachutes are routinely used to prevent death or major traumatic injury among individuals jumping from aircraft, but their efficacy is based primarily on biological plausibility and expert opinion.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the tragic incident and said the skydiver was using her own equipment. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the FAA, said the agency will investigate the incident.  Gregor added skydiving accident investigations conducted by FAA are typically limited to determining whether the parachute was properly packed by the appropriate person and not focused on the wind.
Officers like him have completed all basic parachute training and re-education training, and were properly prepared, officials said.
These systems could possess a large range of constructive solutions, such as recover parachutes [22], airbags [23], safety nets [24], and pneumatic cushions boats [25].
Due to a misunderstanding, the pilot of the military plane crossed the parachuting zone at its center, dropping from 2,500 feet to 2,000 feet just as eight soldiers in the exercise opened their parachutes. According to the report, the land parachute controller informed the civilian plane pilot that the military plane had crossed over to forbidden area, but the announcement was made too late and the paratroopers were already outside the plane.
Show the children some photos of people hanging from a parachute. Ask open-ended questions like those listed below to find out what the children know about parachutes.
As with any air vehicle, and a parachute must be considered as such, gross weight is a key determinant of the descent rate, which itself is a compromise between a highly desirable soft landing and the tendency of the parachute to drift: A simple rule-of-thumb is that the lower the descent rate, the greater the parachutes' drift from its intended landing spot.
Try this activity to design a parachute that can slow the fall of a metal washer to the floor.
THE letter from David Prichard (Feedback, March 5) regarding parachute training at Ely Racecourse and the RAF station at Caerau brought back memories.
The parachute test was one of many that the company needs to pass, before it is ready to send astronauts to space in the Crew Dragon.