Phenomena

Skydiving in Wind Tunnels

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Skydivers and freefall acrobats utilize vertical wind tunnels as ground training facilities. Low-speed acrobatics, like gymnastics, relies on inertial forces and angular momentum for flips and attitude changes. But at freefall speeds, aerodynamic forces are much larger, and an acrobat’s orientation relative to the flow has a big effect on his stability and maneuverability. Simple movements of an arm or leg can significantly alter one’s aerodynamics, allowing the acrobats to choreograph controlled and synchronized motion. (Video credit: Red Bull)

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