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High Altitude Balloon Dummy Drops. Part I: Unstabalized Dummy Drops

Report Number: WADC TR 57-477 Part 1
Author: Madson, Raymond A.
Corporate Author: Aero Medical Laboratory
Laboratory: Aero Medical Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1957-10
Pages: 46
PB Number: PB131572
AD Number: ADA323780

The characteristics of instrumented dummies carried aloft to predetermined altitudes were studied during the free fall in unstabilized situations. These were observed to assume an attitude permitting spins about a transverse axis, and the angular velocities recorded on accelerometers exceeded rates compatible with human tolerance. This study justifies further tests to develop a method of stabilizing a man descending from high altitudes.

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