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Mauro Calderon

Speed of of tandem

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Drogue fall is normal belly speed, on average. About 120 mph (a bit under 200 kmh).

 

The drogue slows the tandem pair down to 'normal' speeds. That's done for safety, as tandem terminal has a tendency to blow up canopies and hurt jumpers. The fact that it makes it easier for the camera flyer is just a side benefit.

 

Under canopy is not an issue, the camera flyer and tandem pair need to be a safe distance apart.

The camera flyer also has to get down first to film the landing.

 

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