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This would work fine, except in terms of success.
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This parachute would consist of a set of very long tubes.
Descent would be slowed via air friction rather than air
pressure differences. No matter how it fails as long as it's
flapping in the breeze the parachutist is safe.
Packed and ready to jump.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 21 2011]
||I suspect it would work even it's still in the pack. The
amount of material you'd need for a safe landing would make
an effective cushion.
||What happens when the tubes turn into a big knot on your back, or a tight braid/twist? Both will decrease the total surface area exposed to the wind, and thus skin friction.