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kyleh762  (C 39496)

Jul 16, 2011, 5:02 PM
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Can anyone tell me where to find a canopy tracking system? I'm specifically looking for a system that can locate a canopy that has been cut away. I've found several relatively small GPS' for locating people, pets, cars, etc. but none of them seem small enough to attach to a riser. Has anyone else figured this out? Your help is greatly appreciated.


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Jul 16, 2011, 10:07 PM
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Check the answers in your cross post in General..

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kyleh762  (C 39496)

Jul 17, 2011, 6:41 PM
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Thanks for the help.. Sacarstically speaking.


captain1976  (D 7183)

Jul 17, 2011, 8:33 PM
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Yes, National Parachute Testing Center (NPTC) in Dunnellon, Florida has a system. Send me a private PM and I will put you in touch with the right people.


dannydan  (Student)

Mar 5, 2014, 3:32 AM
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Can this secret be posted publicly yet? ;P


Hellis

Mar 5, 2014, 3:47 AM
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I orderd one gsm/gps tracker that is about 1.4 cubic inches.
And if my math is somewhat correct thats about the size of 1.2 sqft canopy.

It arrived this morning at the currier but I can't pick it up, I'm going snowboarding soon and won't be home until monday.


Coclimb

Oct 16, 2015, 11:03 AM
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Any updates?


Zlew  (D 21616)

Oct 16, 2015, 1:11 PM
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There was a kickstarter for one recently...can't remember what they called it. I didn't follow it to the end, but it wasn't off to a good start, and I would be surprised if it funded.

They were asking for quite a bit.. and IMO the product was still way too big for skydiving (and needed a subscription as I remember).


Squeak  (E 1313)

Oct 18, 2015, 11:41 PM
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Zlew wrote:
There was a kickstarter for one recently...can't remember what they called it. I didn't follow it to the end, but it wasn't off to a good start, and I would be surprised if it funded.

They were asking for quite a bit.. and IMO the product was still way too big for skydiving (and needed a subscription as I remember).

"Get it Back"


Hellis

Oct 19, 2015, 12:18 AM
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Coclimb wrote:
Any updates?

Sure.

I have tried three types of gps trackers and all three has failed because of the forces from the opening.
One failed because the stitches ripped apart.
One failed because the attachmentpoint gave up.
And the third started opening itself because of the forces on the attachementpoint.

I believe the second and third type could work, but because the forces are so strong I think it would just be a matter of time before something else broke.
Even though the gpses are light (30-40 grams) I think they are still to heavy for the forces.

I think what you should be looking at are the light bluetooth trackers with a CR battery.
I have not found one I want to test yet because they at the moment have not enough range in my opinion.
But we'll see what happens.


Coclimb

Oct 25, 2015, 8:46 PM
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Hellis wrote:
Coclimb wrote:
Any updates?

Sure.

I have tried three types of gps trackers and all three has failed because of the forces from the opening.
One failed because the stitches ripped apart.
One failed because the attachmentpoint gave up.
And the third started opening itself because of the forces on the attachementpoint.

I believe the second and third type could work, but because the forces are so strong I think it would just be a matter of time before something else broke.
Even though the gpses are light (30-40 grams) I think they are still to heavy for the forces.

I think what you should be looking at are the light bluetooth trackers with a CR battery.
I have not found one I want to test yet because they at the moment have not enough range in my opinion.
But we'll see what happens.


Hmm.. where have you been mounting it? Is it possible that there are lower impact mounting points?


377  (F 666)

Oct 28, 2015, 10:23 AM
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Get a ham license and use the APRS system. Many many trackers are available including some weighing as little as 10 grams. http://www.byonics.com/microtrak/mt300.php
https://www.tracksoar.com/tracksoar-comparison/

We use APRS gear on jumps and have no probs with opening shock.

See plot of my latest APRS jump:

http://aprs.fi/...ge=3600&tail=900

Nice thing about APRS is your signal is pickled up and relayed all over the place by APRS repeater stations. Many are on high peaks so chances of getting your position data are VERY high. You can see it on your smart phone at www.aprs.fi

Getting a low grade ham license is dirt simple and takes only a couple of hours of study at most. Free study guides abound online. Free sample tests at http://www.eham.net/exams/

377


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