[balloon-makers] Terminal Descent

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Fri Mar 8 08:18:05 CST 2002

At 9:12 AM -0700 3/8/02, Tom Deering wrote:
>Also, the terminal velocity for a skydiver is 120 miles per hour. Does the streamer/parachute effect of the envelope slow things down that much?  Or are "terminal descent" and "terminal velocity" different?

Nope.  Robert Mock proved that at the first Nationals after they left Indianola.

Pretty scary video if you ever get the chance to see it.  I always wondered if a streamering balloon would slow the descent. It didn't appear to slow down at all.

In fact a well known pilot said he was inflated and sitting on the ground ready to take off and he felt the "thud" when the basket hit the ground.  Pretty scary.

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