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High Energy Sports
Quantum Series Technical Data
for Paragliding Emergency Chutes

11/14/94

  QS330 QS440 QS550
Canopy Area (sq m) 31 sq m 41 sq m 51 sq m
Weight of Canopy 2.15 kg

4.75 lbs.

2.72 kg

6 lbs.

3.39 kg

7.25 lbs.

Maximum Recommended Suspended Weight 150 kg

330 lbs.

200 kg

440 lbs.

250 kg

550 lbs

Note: Hang Gliders parachutes add about lb to these figures of the bridle.

The paraglider reserves can be figures with a single attachment point, swivel, and short bride or with the double risers off each shoulder. 95% of our paraglider reserve orders are in double riser configuration. The benefits are:

The pilot has 2 bridles off each shoulder and in the event of an emergency the pilot can pull on one riser (it is much like doing a chin-up) thus decreasing the performance of the reserve in that quadrant of the parachute and side slip in that direction.

Many paraglider deployments happen very close to the ground. By using the double risers off each shoulder we are able to shorten the lines and maintain the parachute’s performance. Shorter lines mean less altitude loss before the parachute is fully inflated i.e. lower saves.

The Quantum Series parachute round airfoil design traps air very efficiently and gives quick inflation. The design also stabilizes very quickly. To give you a point of reference, a PDA, when extracted from an airplane so the weight and the parachute are both parallel to the ground, will typically oscillate 5 times before it settles. Each time a parachute oscillates it dumps air and accelerates the rate of descent. The QS parachutes oscillate a little over 1.5 times and thus makes it an incredibly stable parachute.