Latest Parachute Stories

2011-09-22 12:13:18

NASA this week completed the first in a series of flight-like parachute tests for the agency's Orion spacecraft. The drop tests at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona support the design and development of the Orion parachute assembly. Flying at an altitude of 25,000 feet, a drop-test article that mimicked the Orion parachute compartment was deployed from a C-130 aircraft. Once airborne, two drogue chutes were deployed at an altitude of 19,000 feet, followed by three pilot...

2010-12-08 16:02:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Tis the season to be jolly, and there's no more joyful way to greet the holidays than with Daryl Hall and Latin music legend Jose Feliciano, who join together for a special holiday edition in the 37th installment of the award-winning Live From Daryl's House web show. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101208/LA14620) The Puerto Rican-born, eight-time Grammy winner first exploded onto the pop music scene 40 years ago, earning Best New...

2010-07-14 15:39:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- On screen and off, celebrities are taking flight, but not in any private jet. Instead, Shania Twain, Hilary Swank and Chuck Norris are just a few of the celebrities who are going up--and jumping out. According to the United States Parachute Association (USPA), NASCAR driver Brian Vickers and country music star Craig Morgan are the most recent celebrities to complete student training and earn skydiving licenses. Even ex-President George H.W....

2010-02-04 07:31:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Skydiving centers across the country have found an unusual way to contribute to the Haiti relief effort - by using skydiving aircraft to transport food and medical supplies to the island. "Jump aircraft are especially well-suited for these missions," said Ed Scott, executive director of the U.S. Parachute Association (USPA). "Most have large cargo doors and are easily converted to carry cargo. Most can also take off and land on short and...

2010-01-28 07:30:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Skydiving continues to improve its safety record, according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Parachute Association (USPA), America's skydiving authority. In 2009, the USPA recorded the fewest fatal accidents in over 40 years - 16 - out of nearly 3 million jumps made by over 32,000 USPA members and 400,000 first-time skydivers. That's the fewest number of fatal accidents in more than four decades. "Skydiving is never without risk,"...

2010-01-22 13:35:00

Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian extreme sportsman, said his next goal is to try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump, BBC News reported. American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800ft some 50 years ago and many have sought to repeat the feat over the years but all have failed. Baumgartner now plans to skydive from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft. The daredevil is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers. He...

2009-09-30 07:25:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- America's ultimate adrenaline sport will command the skies over Texas during the 2009 United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships on October 12-25 at Skydive Spaceland outside of Houston. Over 500 of the country's finest, fastest, most fearless skydivers will flock to the Lone Star State to push their aerial skills to the limit and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in six spectacular skydiving...

2009-07-21 14:45:36

Recording artist Kelly Clarkson Tuesday announced plans for a North American concert tour this fall. Joining Clarkson on her All I Ever Wanted tour will be the Australian sister duo The Veronicas and the up-and-coming band Parachute, 19 Recordings LLC/RCA Records said in a release. The concert series is slated to begin Oct. 2 in Uncasville, Conn., and to end in Hollywood, Fla., Dec. 13, covering 32 U.S. and Canadian markets. Steve Moore of MEG/AEG Live Nashville will promote the bulk of...

2009-05-20 12:31:38

U.S. space agency and industry engineers say they've completed the first test of the Ares I rocket's three main parachutes -- the largest ever manufactured. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said the parachutes are designed to slow the rapid descent of the rocket's spent first-stage motor, permitting its recovery for use on future flights. The Ares I, the first rocket in NASA's Constellation Program, is designed to launch explorers aboard the Orion crew capsule on...

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