There are a number of different types of parachutes. The variety depends on the nature of the parachute and the activity that the person is going to use. With all the various types of parachutes on the market, there are many different ways in which a parachutist can choose which type of parachute is best for their needs.
Wind-driven parachutes take the force of the wind. If the wind is steady and constant then this type of parachute will be the most appropriate. When the parachute is in use the force of the wind acting upon it will cause the various parts of the parachute to break down. Once all the parts have come apart, the parachute will open.
Wind-driven parachutes are the most practical and military personnel utilize them. Many of these parachutes are used during drop zones where the weather is either very harsh or not at all. One of the main advantages of this type of parachute is that the wearer can carry it without having to remove the helmets or gear. If this is not an option, then the ropes can lower the parachutes.
Wind-driven parachutes will fold up inwards when the wearer is airborne. This reduces the chances of the parachute became tangled in one’s clothing. This is especially important for wind-driven parachutes with safety release. If a parachute does become tangled, it is much easier to release than if the same parachute was left behind on the ground. Another advantage of the wind-driven parachute is you can fold it into a smaller package.
Most parachutes are rigid types of parachutes. Rigid parachutes are also ‘ballistic’. This category has a lower weight and does not extend very far when closed. Ballistic parachute will therefore not flap in the wind and will, therefore, be more suitable for practical purposes. It is common to see soldiers and other military personnel wearing ballistic parachutes.
Parachutes with an extension at the bottom can be used if one is unable to use a ballistic parachute. People call them ‘runner parachutes’ because they allow the wearer to jump further. As the name suggests they can be extended using a long extension pole. This type of parachute is an ideal choice for someone who is looking to leap from short distances or have a high-risk profile.
Mono parachutes are parachutes with only one extension pole. They are often referred to as military parachutes. They are designed to help with rapid deployment and recovery.
Trampolines are parachutes with two ropes on both sides of the parachute. It has been around for many years and parachutists use it as a training exercise. In normal use, the parachute will help to stabilize the jumper when they are not in use.
Balloon type parachutes are considered to be the safest parachutes. When inflated they are about the size of a basketball and will carry the person safely through the air. The operator will need to monitor the valve control which will release the balloon in the event the parachute should be deployed.
Paratrooper and para-trooper use a rigging parachute that has parachutes in a fixed position. They are best suited to flying types of a parachute. They are especially useful in that they provide the ability to extend a parachute far above the landing zone to facilitate a safe landing.
Wind levered parachutes were originally developed to help military personnel to recover from helicopters when the wind direction was against the helicopter. These parachutes provide a stable base that will allow the parachute to easily take off. away, from the landing zone. Some of these parachutes can also be folded outwards.
Paratrooper parachutes can have many uses when it comes to survival. Whether one is operating a remote-controlled aircraft or a manned military helicopter, or a fixed-wing vehicle, there are a number of different parachutes that can be used to help the person on the ground or in the air to get away safely.