Introduction: Pocket Parachute

This is a little parachute I made out of a mint tin, a plastic bag, and some string. It was put together with hot glue.

The parachute can fold inside itself to fit in a mint tin, and when opened, the mint tin can be closed. This enables it to be able to take a slight payload (I've used SD memory cards). It can be launched of the top of a stairwell, a high window, off a cliff, etc.

Now you can watch a video of it in action here.


zapper067 (author)2011-08-12

just an umbrella will do?

SasquatchKid (author)2010-06-09

I made one then found a 6 story building dropped it of at the roof and it was amazing. to make it go down smoother put 3-4 pennies in it

cody316 (author)2009-04-09

if i put it ontop of a rocket im building, would it only deploy once the rocket starts descending?

ultrauber (author)cody3162009-04-30


porcupinemamma (author)2009-01-07

It looks so cool, but my older brain couldn't keep up with the video. Is the parachute stored in the tin and then opened when it's time to launch? I want to try this with my kids. Thanks!

ultrauber (author)porcupinemamma2009-01-16

Yeah. Hot glue 4 strings to the corners of a (cut) plastic bag square, and hot glue the other ends to the inside of the tin. Then you fold it all up inside.

mason0190 (author)2008-06-13

They use something like dat in germany they divided it in half and used planes to parachute goods over the line which was divided by a huge wall. Somethin' like that. i dont remember its summer vacation B-)

cool! (author)2008-04-04

nice job! It would be interesting to use a model rocket parachute. Also, it would be cool to see how heavy a payload it takes. A video would be cool also. again, good job. BTW you'll have to show me at school.

ultrauber (author)cool!2008-04-04

well, i have a video. the thing is, i'm too lazy to upload it

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