The Inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci
by Kloe Guyton
The Diving Suit
Was the diving suit that far-fetched?
One of Da Vinci's first models of a parachute. It has a pyramid shape.
One of Da Vinci's first models of a parachute. It has a spiral shape.
One of Da Vinci's first models of a parachute. It has a bird-like shape.
The Invention of The Parachute
The idea of a parachute is to reduce a person's terminal velocity and make a long fall survivable.
Da Vinci, who was fascinated by the idea of human flight, conceived his parachute as a way for people to drift gracefully through the air. Its pyramid-shaped framework was draped with cloth. As Da Vinci wrote in his notebooks, it would allow a man "to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury." Twenty-first century attempts to build the design suggest that it would have worked pretty much as Da Vinci described.