On April 19, 1919, Leslie Leroy Irvin made the world’s first premeditated freefall parachute descent using a rip cord, rather than using a canister or tether line attached to the aircraft to pull open the parachute. Working with the U.S. Army’s Air Service parachute research team, Irvin made the historic jump from a plane over […]
This past weekend, on November 3, 2018, Leslie Irvin was inducted into the International Skydiving Hall of Fame. Elizabeth Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Airborne Systems, and Robert Sinclair, Chief Engineer of Space and Recovery at Airborne Systems, attended the banquet and proudly accepted Leslie Irvin’s award. The event was filled with skydiving […]
For our October 19th release to honor our 100 year anniversary coming up in June of 2019, we have designed a calendar full of historical facts about our story over the last 100 years! January: 1928: Leslie Irvin opens a factory dedicated solely to the production of Irving parachutes in Buffalo, NY. February: 1963: Landing […]
To celebrate our 100th anniversary this month, we are releasing our very special 100th anniversary coin! One side of the coin features the first freefall parachute, known as the “Model A” parachute. The opposite side features our 100 year logo. In beautiful antique silver accented by our signature Airborne blue.
In June of 2019, Airborne Systems will celebrate 100 years as the number one Military Parachute Company in the world! In order to properly commemorate this amazing accomplishment, each month we will be honoring our 100 year anniversary with a creative release. To kick off the first month, we thought a brief historical lesson in […]
“The World Intellectual Property Organization promotes innovation and creativity for the economic, social, and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international and intellectual property system.” (WIPO Mission Statement) Today, April 26th 2018, is World Intellectual Property Day. The theme this year is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity”. Here at […]
Airborne Systems is very excited to continue our support to Dynetics, Inc. as they proceed into Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program. Dynetics has assembled a tremendous industry team that is providing an innovative and responsive solution to a very challenging mission requirement from DARPA. The Gremlins program aims […]
In an article released yesterday, January 17th 2017, the U.S. Air Force is using guided precision aerial delivery systems (GPADS) to deliver goods from ammunition to vehicles into unsafe warzones, in this case, Syria. “Today, the bundles are guided onto landing zones using GPS technology and steerable parachutes. ” We’ll get it within 10 or […]
Airborne Systems’ work on the NASA Orion CPAS program leads the way for other commercial spacecraft providers and makes significant contributions to the success of the emerging commercial space industry. Read the full story about our work with NASA here!
On October 5th, 2016, Blue Origin successfully tested the in-flight escape system of the New Shepard Crew Capsule. At 16,053 ft, the crew capsule separated from the launch booster and fired its escape motor. The crew capsule then deployed the Airborne Systems parachute landing system and descended to a gentle landing on the desert landing […]