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IDEA FOR FLITE FEST COMPETITION [diy rc skydiver contest]

#1
[competition overview] One thing I like to do is design and build RC skydivers, but I haven't seen many other people building them. So I was thinking that people could design their own RC skydivers and have a landing accuracy competition at flite fest. How it would work is we would use a drone or RC cargo plane [this may present a problem since I don't have either] to carry 3 skydivers at a time up into the air, The skydivers would be dropped and the pilots would fly them down. There would be a large target on the ground and the closest skydiver to the bulls eye wins. there would be a few rounds depending on how many people participate.
All types of skydivers are welcome. Any canopy type is welcome: rectangular [ram air] , vented round [Para commander style and easiest to make], Rogallo wing canopies [an example would be the Irving delta 2 parachute] or even vented cruciform [ the easiest to make]. your skydiver doesn't even have to be controllable

[How do I make an RC skydiver anyway????] The good news is its actually not that complicated. First, you should probably understand how a round or cruciform parachute works [how it moves] here is a video that explains the basics.

I will post a tutorial video for making a simple rc skydiver.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this idea. feel free to reply to this thread.
Thanks!

both pictures are of vented round rc
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skydiving parachutes
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earthsciteach

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#2
What a cool idea! Doesn't look like it gained much traction. This has real potential to be a big crowd pleasure at the event. I would like to see community generated, scheduled events back at Flite Fest. There were none this year. Keep pushing this!
 

sprzout

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#5
Makes me think of how we play "horseshoes" during our monthly Combat Trifecta events. Everyone flies their Versa Wings up to a certain height, someone yells, "CUT!" and you have to cut your throttle and glide in to see who gets closest to a plastic soccer cone. Where it gets fun is that if someone hits the cone and moves it, whoever's closest to the cone gets the most points. :)

Not QUITE the same as the RC skydiver, but still a lot of fun.