# What is ping pong parachute in Science Olympiad?

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Welcome to Ping Pong Parachute! In this event, prior to the tournament, teams will design, build, and bring up to three bottle rockets to the tournament to launch a ping pong ball attached to a parachute to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.

## What is a ping pong parachute?

Ping Pong Parachute is a Division B and Division C event for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. It was held as a trial event in Division C at the 2017 National Tournament, when it was previously known as Indoor Bottle Rocket. It was also held as a trial event in New Jersey in 2017 and 2018.

## What is the terminal velocity of a ping pong ball with a parachute?

The measured terminal velocity is 9.5 m/s, 98% of which is attained after falling 12.5 m. Keywords: 01.50.Pa; 06.30.

## Will a parachute work in a vacuum?

A parachute wouldn’t work in a vaccum, because of the absence of air. Parachutes work on the principal of prividing more drag, therefore decreacing speed. If there is no drag, a parachute is redundant.

## What’s my terminal velocity?

The terminal velocity of an average 80 kg human body is about 66 meters per second (= 240 km/h = 216 ft/s = 148 mph). Terminal velocity can be achieved by an object provided it has enough distance to fall through so if you want to experience it, you need to jump from a high enough place (do not forget your parachute!).

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## Can parachutes be used in space?

The materials used to make the parachute must be strong, yet lightweight enough to fit inside a very small area and to prevent excess weight within the backshell. The amount of space available on the spacecraft for the parachute is so small that the parachute must be pressure packed.

## What would happen if you used a parachute in space?

So, if you deployed a parachute now, it’ll shred to pieces. And that’s not the only problem. Falling through the atmosphere at such break-neck speeds generates a lot of pressure on your suit — at least 8Gs of force — that’s 8 times the gravity you feel at sea level.

## Can you use a parachute on Mars?

So, the short answer is, you’re right, parachutes don’t work on Mars like they do on Earth (neither do airbags, but that is another story), but they do a great job when you need to slow down something that is whipping through the Martian atmosphere FAST!