Chapter 3


Housings are spiral-wound flexible tubing. Almost all are stainless steel. Their design is to route, house, and protect the ripcord cable. They are anchored at the container end and at the ripcord pocket or mount at the other end. Most housings are compressible only, but some military housings used with seat parachutes are expandable as well. With the advent of modern sport systems, smaller diameter housing for ripcords is more common. In addition, the 3-ring release system has introduced an even smaller housing for use with the coated release cables. Housings are measured under slight tension. [Figures 3-89A through 3-89C]


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