Skyhook reserve static line

Follow the link from the photo for a sequence of images showing how, when the main parachute is cut away in an emergency, the Skyhook RSL deploys the reserve parachute using the main as a drogue. The reserve is professionally packed in the white bag on the left, which pulls away completely in the air to release the chute. (The reserve needed its regular repack, creating this opportunity.)

This is an extra safety feature over the usual reserve static line arrangement, which just pulls the reserve pin and allows the reserve pilot chute — grey in the picture — to deploy the reserve.

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