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South Pole Skydive 1997  &  North Pole Skydive-98

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Equipment requirements

This expeditions requires extreme standards concerning equipment.

We will do a tandemskydive with a falling velocity of 200 km/h in 50 degrees celsius below zero, from 19000 feet above the sea level and 9000 feet above the ice at the South Pole.
The North Pole Skydive will be from 9000 feet above the sea level. The sea level is same as the ice level at the North Pole.

In order to operate the parachute in a safe way we need equipment that allows us to do this.
We must be able to move freely around just as if we were doing this skydive in Norway during summer with nothing more than a thin jumpsuit on. This means that what we are wearing from underwear to outerwear must both keep us warm and mobile. The equipment must be able to cope with both the free fall speed of 200 km/h and the temperature of -50 degrees celsius without getting damaged. It must keep us warm after the jump when we are establishing camp.
The equipment must also be able to keep us warm on the South Pole for a minimum of 2 weeks in case of an emergency.

Most of the equipment will be modified and adjusted in close co-operation with the suppliers.
Cameras and video equipment will be put inside insulated containers. Testing of all equipment, including the Toshiba PC laptops, will be done in special cold storage lockers with the purpose of simulating the extreme temperatures we will experience during the expedition. A fair few test skydives will also be done making sure that the equipment satisfy our demands. This includes jumping from a c-130 Hercules in connection with the Hercules Boogie-97, Lidkøping, Sweden.

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