The craziest NASA test ever is this giant supersonic Goldberg machine

NASA is sending new and bigger spaceships to Mars, which means they need bigger supersonic parachutes. So big, in fact, that they don't fit in any wind tunnel anymore, so their engineers had to find new ways to test them. New crazy ways. Really crazy. In fact, it's the craziest test they got so far. » 4/10/14 9:44am 4/10/14 9:44am

Watch the Navy parachute team jump and land inside a baseball stadium

Because most of us will never take the literal leap of jumping off a damn plane, here's POV footage from the Leap Frogs aka the Navy's parachute team. For the San Diego Padre's home opener, the jumpers took off in a plane and landed right smack inside Petco Park. You can hear the roar of the crowd grow louder as they… » 4/04/14 11:34pm 4/04/14 11:34pm

Man on fire jumps off a 3,900-foot cliff in craziest basejump stunt yet

The whole base jumping thing is getting out of hand. The Awesomerer found this video of Tom Erik Heimen setting himself on fire and jumping off a 3,900-foot cliff in Norway. The biggest risk, they say, was that the small parachute—called pilot chute—that it's used to deploy the actual parachute might catch on fire.… » 3/11/14 11:17pm 3/11/14 11:17pm

Pulling Your Parachute While You're Still on the Plane Is Not Fun

Wait for it. Wait for ittttt. Waaaitttt forrr itttt. Waai... and then boom, there it is. This poor guy accidentally deployed his parachute too early. So early that he was still on the plane. As you can imagine, he immediately got sucked out of the plane. It's like a scene from the movies, the parachute drags him out… » 5/08/13 7:07pm 5/08/13 7:07pm

These Guys Skipped Out on a Bar Tab By Parachuting Off a 63 Story…

Have you heard this one before? Four guys dressed in business suits walk into a fancy bar and order a Negroni cocktail... that might sound like a start of a bad joke but in reality it's the beginning of a ridiculously awesome stunt. After finishing their drinks, the daredevils skip out on their tab by jumping off the… » 3/16/12 12:40pm 3/16/12 12:40pm

Trucks Flying Out of the Back of an Airplane Are Just as Awesome as…

Sometimes, when you need a truck somewhere, you drive it there. Sometimes, you parachute it out of the back of an airplane. Here's how the US Air Force gets it done—the speed with which those humvees launch out of the plane is pretty spectacular. Make sure your toe doesn't get caught. [via AcidCow] » 3/04/11 6:20pm 3/04/11 6:20pm

First Person View of an Epic Parachute Fail

Before you decide to hurl yourself out of an airplane to get an adrenaline fix, take a long hard look at what happened to Hans Lange on a recent base jump in Norway. As you will see, he managed to capture the entire jump in detail using some sort of wide-angle helmet cam. I will admit that flying around in that wing… » 9/04/08 3:20pm 9/04/08 3:20pm

NASA Tests Orion Parachute (Result: Spectacular Failure)

Filed under the "good thing we tried it out first" department is this recent test of Shuttle-replacement Orion's parachute re-entry system. Based on the same system used for Apollo, the group of eight parachutes deploys after re-entry, ensuring the Orion capsule glides down back to terra firma for a pillow-soft… » 8/20/08 3:10pm 8/20/08 3:10pm

ParaNav GPS Unit For Parachutists Helps Marines Avoid Errors...Like…

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the US Marines to deliver 3,000 of its ParaNav GPS units for parachutists. Soldiers plummeting towards Earth will soon have the advantage of GPS navigation with a HUD that will help improve landing accuracy and allow for target zones to be easily changed on the fly. » 2/15/08 5:30pm 2/15/08 5:30pm