Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Inventor has high hopes for useful gadget

The world watched in horror as those trapped in the World Trade Center at the top floors faced burning to death or falling to their deaths that fateful day on September 11, 2001. An inventor now says that his new safety parachute, set aside for such contingencies, is what the world needs.

In a daredevil demonstration, the inventor completed the 13th test of the system, and has put the chute on the market after getting permission from skyscraper managers in Panama. Of all 13 jumps, the parachute worked perfectly.

In a daredevil demonstration, the inventor completed the 13th test of the system, and has put the chute on the market after getting permission from skyscraper managers in Panama. Of all 13 jumps, the parachute worked perfectly.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Inventor, 9/11, parachute, safety, high rise buildings


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Inventor Morris Shahbazi says his emergency chute can open in 100 feet, far faster than conventional parachutes, and he hopes it will soon become de rigueur in high rise blocks around the world.

In a daredevil demonstration, the inventor completed the 13th test of the system, and has put the chute on the market after getting permission from skyscraper managers in Panama. Of all 13 jumps, the parachute worked perfectly.

Shahbazi, demonstrating the product started working on the "SOS Parachute" project 12 years ago following the World Trade Center disaster.
 
Shahbazi's Panamanian company, SOS Parachute has now opened offices in America, Dubai and Singapore and says a London operation is expected to open soon.

The product is described as a "high evacuation system."

"My chute opens faster than a conventional parachute and as a result it needs only 100 feet of drop to be fully operational," he said. 

The idea is intriguing, but many people on the Daily Mail Web site rushed to qualify the gadget's claims.

"I was in the 82nd Airborne Division in the Vietnam era and have a few dozen airborne jumps," said one reader.
"The military airborne jump is done the way this appears to work and that is with a 'static line' that the jumper hooks on a cable in the jump airplane.

"When the jumper goes out the door the static line stays hooked to the cable and pulls the 'chute out of it's pack and open. Most don't realize that military jumps are made from low altitude meaning about 800 feet. They could be done lower but the height is made for safety in case the safety second reserve 'chute needs to be activated and also to space out the troops.

"Some training jumps are made from helicopters at very low altitudes like maybe as little as 250 feet as I recall. This is all different then 'sky diving' where the objective is to glide or perform maneuvers in the air while falling and then at about 1,000 feet the 'chute is opened. I had thought about the concept for buildings myself but there can be wind problems."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Americas

Is the Cold War over? Congress pushes for end of restrictions on travel with Cuba Watch

Image of President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro have been working together to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama's inroads into warming relations between the United States and Cuba is being supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, who on Thursday unveiled a bill that would end travel restrictions for Americans who wish to visit Cuba. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Castro making demands: Won't budge an inch on Cuban sovereignty in opening relations to U.S. Watch

Image of

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of longtime dictator Fidel Castro appears to welcome normalizing U.S. relations. His compatriots wish to end the isolation that was visited upon the Caribbean nation since the communists took over in the 1950s. However - ... continue reading


IT'S MINE! Traders, tycoons and miners all vying for possession of Brazil's 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald Watch

Image of For the time being, the gem is now held in an undisclosed Sheriff's Department location.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ever since human eyes laid upon it in 2001, Brazil's Bahia Emerald has been caught in an ongoing tug of war between those who say the gem is rightfully theirs. Landing in an L.A. County sheriff's locker, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth has been the ... continue reading


THE RISE OF WOMEN: Negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba begin with two influential women leading the way Watch

Image of Jacobson and Vidal cover everything from human rights to tourist travels during the beginning of negotiations between Cuba and the U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama recently loosened the embargo the United States has with Cuba. Now the next step is to negotiate and work towards less hostility and normalizing the relationship between the two countries. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the base of these ... continue reading


Murderous gang violence plagues El Salvador every day with no end in sight, ambitious new plan offers hope Watch

Image of Gangs run the streets in El Salvador, often leaving people terrified to be out at night.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

412 people were murdered in El Salvador during December 2014. A total of 3,942 murders occurred last year in what is now the most dangerous country in the world. A 57 percent increase than those killed in 2013. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Violent gangs have ... continue reading


AMAZING discovery - mummy mask contains fragment of the Gospel of Mark Watch

Image of A fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found used in the mask, making it the oldest known example of Holy Scripture yet found.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mask is frequently used to conceal an identity. This is certainly the case of a mask used to cover up a mummy. A fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found used in the mask, making it the oldest known example of Holy Scripture yet found. Created before 90 ... continue reading


A good or bad idea? Under the Obama administration, U.S. softens embargo with Cuba Watch

Image of Cuban flags fly high as embargo is loosened.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The relationship between the United States and Cuba will soon change as the Obama administration begins to slowly erase the 1962 U.S. embargo against Cuba. An increased amount of travel and trading between the two countries will open up. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Five years later Haiti still tragically suffers from 2010's earthquake: Where did $13.5 billion dollars in relief funds go? Watch

Image of Much of Haiti remains devastated after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010, despite raising $13.5 dollars in relief funds.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Haiti in 2010 destroying nearly everything, and leaving 220,000 people dead and 300,000 injured. The entire world was shaken by this disaster; 13.5 billion dollars in donations and pledges was raised to help the country recover. LOS ... continue reading


CANNIBAL RITUAL: Mexican cartel members forced to eat human hearts Watch

Image of Arguably the country's most horrific organized crime gang, Michoacan state suffers daily from ongoing battles between rival factions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Decapitating and ripping apart their still-living victims, the dreaded Knights Templar Mexican drug cartel forced members to devour the hearts of its enemies. The Knights Templar, reigning over Michoacan state, has kept the region in its iron grip by armed ... continue reading


Brazil looks forward to 2016 Olympics, but should their government be looking closer to home? Watch

Image of Brazil's drug trade primarily is based on cocaine and marijuana, and many slums in the cities are devoted and run to the drug trafficking gangs.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Vila Alianca, an unofficial section of Rio de Jeneiro,  is an enclave of violence and organized crime, and one of the regions that the Brazilian government has not decided to try to pacify prior to their hosting of the 2016 Olympics. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
1 Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope ... Read More

Psalm, Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
69 and he has established for us a saving power in ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:35-41
35 With the coming of evening that same day, he said ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 31st, 2015 Image

St. John Bosco
January 31: What do dreams have to with prayer? Aren't they just random ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter