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Find Out How a Parachute is Made

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An indispensable item in several extreme sports, highly important to assure people’s well-being and it can incredibly reduce your speed in free fall. Already know what we are talking about? Exactly, about the parachute.

Its history began a long time ago, around 1306, when the device looked like an umbrella. Within the time and the technology improvement, the models started getting more resistant, modern and safe, with special fabric and specified measures. But do you know how a parachute is made?

Thinking about it, we have separated some interesting information about the making of the parachute. Check it out!

Canopy Manufactory

The parachute fabric must be malleable, making sure it can be controlled. The canopy is the biggest part of it and inflates, getting air resistance and forcing us to slow down the speed of the fall.

This part is made by nylon fibers, extremely strong material. The parachute of nylon guarantees greater durability to the canopy, preventing it from wearing out or tearing.

The canopies have fissures inside to assure a mass of air molded into the shape of a wing, providing total navigability and dirigibility. The wing shape also gives the stability of the canopy in the air.

Panel Manufactory

With parachute fabric are created several panels, at exactly the same size. The panels are the sections of the parachute, that resemble tangerine segments. They are perfectly cut with laser machines. The fabrics are always tested and evaluated even before starting the production.

The next step is sewing the panels, one by one, so that together they form the cells of the canopy. Each model of parachute has a specific number of panels and symmetrical cuts.


The canopy has its support lines – that goes until the parachutist equipment – called nylon cables. They are sewed, lined and attached to small spaces to assure the parachute safety and strength.

Evaluation of the Parachute Manufactory

At the end of all processes, the parachute goes through a strict and close examination. In case there is any imperfection – in the parachute fabric or sewing – it is rejected and comes back to the production line. When the parachute is approved, it receives a serial number, as well as the date of fabric and a final inspection seal.

After this stage, it’s just necessary to attach the canopy with the lines to a tug that is connected to the harness and then it is technically folded and packed into the bag.  All ready! Now it can already be used to skydive.

Curiosities About the Parachute

  • The parachute must be packed and maintained in a dark place, since the light can deteriorate the nylon fabric fibers;
  • Some parachutes have double layer protection in the areas that suffer more strain;
  • Since there are several models of parachutes, the fabrics and the way they are sewed can vary according to each one goal.

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Images: SkydiveFoz, Desviantes, Luke Air Force Base.

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