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Why did the parachute come together during the
launch and open as it was flying away?
I should explain what and why that
If you pull the parachute up to quickly when
launching, it will come together as it did. This happens most often when
there is little to no wind to help keep the parachute open when you pull it
up for launch. If this happens you should abort and relaunch taking a few
steps forward as you come up with it to help keep it open rather than
pulling it up to quickly. What I did in the video was to lower the power just
after I let go of the gondola to allow the parachute to open up. This is not a
problem if the parachute was launched high and is level. If it were not
directly over head and high I would have aborted and relaunch not taking a
chance that it would drop to much before it re-opened. Note that I was easy on
the power as not to climb out to fast and I was also over the camera before I
got in the power to start the 180 degree turn.
The most common mistake people make is thinking
they need a lot of power to fly my paraplane design. When in fact they end up
with less flight time because they used more power than needed. The more you
save the more you have when you need it.
It should also be noted that I power up to about
70% power as I start the launch and when I let go of the gondola I start
cutting back on the power to allow the parachute to fully open. Being
smooth with the power will make the parachute fly very smooth and will give
greater flight times.