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Q: What causes a falling skydiver to slowdown after the parachute opens?
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There are many:The freefall body position of the skydiver. If they are belly to earth, they will fall at 120mph. If in a headdown body position, its around 160mph.The type of jumpsuit a skydiver wears. Some are baggier and therefore have more drag which slows them down slightly. Some wear tight slick materials which speed them up. Further still, some wear wingsuits which deflect the air allowing them to move forward at great speeds and drop their downward speeds to around 40mph.Gravity is the main force acting on a skydiver. It is a constant. When a skydiver jumps, they rapidly accelerate over 10 seconds to their terminal velocity (120mph). This is where their mass matches the resistence of the air around them.Sometimes this can vary very slightly depending on exit altitude, humidity and air pressure.When the skydiver opens their parachute, they typically experience a slow down to around 20mph over 3 or 4 seconds, which exerts a g-force of around 2. Some parachutes are designed to open faster and slower than this.Lastly, when the skydiver comes in to land, they execute a flare which pulls the back of their parachute wing downwards. The causes forward and downward speed to decrease and allows for a gently touch down on the dropzone. With no more weight on the suspension lines, the wing collapses next to the skydiver.

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