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Swiss man jumps using a parachute designed by Leonardo 達文西降落傘五百年後成功載人著陸

This combination of four pictures shows Olivier Vietti-Teppa’s jump in Payerne, Switzerland, on April 26, 2008.
從這四張圖組可以看出奧立弗.維耶堤特帕上個月二十六日在瑞士皮亞尼跳傘的過程。
照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

A Swiss man has shown that a parachute designed more than 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci works.

The 36-year-old parachutist made a successful 650-meter drop late last month. The parachute he used was made based on designs from a text by Leonardo.

“A perfect jump,” Olivier Vietti-Teppa said.

Vietti-Teppa is the first person to have made it safely to the ground with the Leonardo model. He jumped from a helicopter and the parachute opened at 600m.

The parachute was made using modern fabric. It consists of four equilateral triangles, 7m on each side. The base of the pyramid is a square of mosquito net, which enables the parachute to open.

One drawback is that it’s impossible to steer the Leonardo parachute. Vietti-Teppa said that “you come down at the whim of the wind.”

To test the parachute, Vietti-Teppa used a dummy launched from a remote-controlled model helicopter.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)

一名瑞士男子證實了五百多年前,由李奧那多.達文西設計的降落傘確實可「飛」。

上個月底,這名三十六歲的跳傘者成功地從六百五十公尺的高空跳下;他所使用的降落傘是根據達文西筆記中的降落傘設計圖製作而成。

奧立弗.維耶堤特帕說:「這是一次完美的跳傘。」

維耶堤特帕是用「達文西降落傘」平安著陸的第一人;他從一架直昇機上跳下,然後在距離地面六百公尺高處打開降落傘。

這具降落傘是用現代布料製成,由四個邊長七公尺的等邊三角形組成,金字塔底部是一個方形的蚊帳,這個設計讓降落傘可以順利展開。

「達文西降落傘」有一個缺點,就是跳傘者無法操控方向;維耶堤特帕說「你只能隨風飄」。

為了測試這具降落傘是否可行,維耶堤特帕先利用一具假降落傘和一架遙控模型直昇機進行演練。

(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. parachute n.

降落傘 (jiang4 luo4 san3)

例: Have you ever used a parachute?

(你有用過降落傘嗎?)

2. helicopter n.

直昇機 (zhi2 sheng1 ji1)

例: We took a helicopter to the top.

(我們搭直昇機上山頂。)

3. equilateral triangle n.

等邊三角形 (deng3 bian1 san1 jiao3 xing2)

例: All sides of an equilateral triangle are equal.

(等邊三角形的三邊等長。)

4. pyramid n.

角椎體 (jiao3 zhui1 ti3),金字塔 (jin1 zi4 ta3)

例: There are many famous pyramids in Egypt.

(埃及有很多有名的金字塔。)


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