Daedalus Project

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JVX

The JVX is a 27-cell elliptical cross braced Tri-cell with upgrades like a new nose modification, improved trim, longer lines, no stabilizers and HMA lines as standard. The JVX is slim, sleek and fast with less drag. First off, the JVX has no stabilizers. Stabilizers on small HP canopies don't do much except flap in the wind causing added parasitic drag. The Daedalus Project first dealt with the issue of reducing drag on the wing tips by developing ram-air stabilizers. We quickly found that no stabilizers is even better! Stabilizers primary function is to hold the slider in the correct position during deployment. We addressed this issue by putting slider stops on the canopy itself allowing us to get rid of the stabilizers all together! The JVX is still available with a low profile "mini" stabilizer as an option.

The JVX opens much better than the Icarus VX and most other canopies in it's class! High performance canopies will always have high performance openings but here at Daedalus canopies we have addressed this issue for our new "Ultra" class wings. Unlike the original JVX that used a specially designed slider our latest version uses a standard slider size of 29 X 24 inches with a new upper brake line configuration!

The JVX also incorporates a new trim which is a serious upgrade from the VX. The JVX is the first competition swoop canopy designed for rear riser flight! The new trim increases the rear riser pressure and creates no slack in the D lines like the Icarus VX. This not only reduces tail flutter and a variety of other issues but provides a better platform for rear riser flying! In addition, the overall line length on the JVX is longer, creating more time for the pilot to catch up with the canopy during a turn, the result is a longer dive! Daedalus canopies is also use a state of the art parachute material which lasts longer, has less porosity and holds a better shape making the wing more efficent!

The JVX has set in motion a new trend among swoopers and it's all about safety. The JVX comes in custom colors. The JVX comes with one Technora lineset (400lbs-600lbs), new improved side logos and a warning label that doesn't flake off like most other parachutes. The JVX from Daedalus canopies is a special order item with custom options not found anywhere else in the industry. JVX pilots also get the choice on whether they want an attachment point on the top skin or not. With a removable system for your bag, pilot chute and slider many competition pilots don't see the need for an attachment point and prefer to have a smooth, obstacle free top skin surface.

The Daedalus JVX won the 1st US Nationals of canopy piloting in 2004 and has been surprising swoopers around the world ever since. Swoopers are evolving at a high rate and learning for themselves the benefits of the newest design parameters and materials from Daedalus canopies. If you have the necessary skill and get the opportunity to try one for yourself we challenge you to "experience the difference" and join the swoop revolution...

JFX

The JFX is a 21-cell Elliptical ZP Crossbraced canopy. Unlike the JVX, which has been shaped for wicked swooping power and CP competition, the JFX design is simply the highest end everyday canopy we could come up with.

Although being fully Crossbraced with the powerful landings, long recovery arcs and efficient flight you'd expect, we've tamed the JFX for piss easy, everyday, low hassle jumping. Now you can have Crossbraced performance with almost Crossfire type ease.

Whether you are hard-ass team training, work jumping, doing camera, wingsuit jumping... or just a Jump Hog wanting a bit more welly in your day... this is your sports car!

It's not a canopy for light wing loadings, transitioning to a JVX, or to learn on. The JFX is for the already experienced small HP Elliptical 9-cell jumper who couldn't be bothered with a Crossbrace canopy before now.

You'll want to load it up slightly compared to an elliptical 9-cell, and it will come alive with more zip. And that gorgeously efficient Crossbrace flare can become either a blazing swoop or use the power for the easiest, gentlest touchdown.

Yup, it's more bulky and more expensive than a 9-cell, but it’s worth it!

NOTE: Recommended wing loading 1.8 to 2.8 (Yes, you can load it up like a JVX too!)

JPX Leia

Leia is not a canopy built to the standards of a mere workhorse, but to the impossibly high standards of a modern competition canopy.

With advanced panel shaping and the latest generation planform initiated with Petra, she is the most modern wing you can buy short of a full comp-specific sail fabric parachute. Her high ellipticity, optimized wing tips and signature Powerband nose make for a leading edge that simply slices through air.

From Leia’s sleek computer engineered 21-cell design to her sexy airfoil and HMA400 lines, she is not just the world’s ultimate ZP canopy. She is your ultimate everyday swoop wing. The result? She’s soft where you want her and strong where you need her. A canopy that can be jumped anytime hassle-free and can also kick ass over the pond like nothing you’ve ever seen. Made for highly skilled pilots to fly with everyday, she is not a toy – she’s a weapon.

Which is why everyone who is anyone (or thinks they are) wants to get his or her hands on one. True, that extra ten percent that separates the truly extraordinary from the merely good doesn’t come easy. Or cheap. But after one test flight we’re confident you’ll agree, she’s worth every penny.

The all-new Leia. Fall in love.

JPX Petra

Whatever you thought you knew about canopies, hit reset. Petra signals a first for NZ Aerosports and canopy piloting: the hyper performance wing.

Petra is the arrival of a game-changing adjustment in the way we think about flying our parachutes. With a high roll rate, a long recovery arc and high maximal glide ratio, Petra delivers unrivalled power in the turn, plane out and flare. Combined with a highly elliptical planform and very high sweep, a record-breaking wing is born.

Petra will change you forever. She will make you do things, bad things, nasty distances that you thought were impossible. Her secret is a high end never-seen-before design made of polyurethane-coated nylon that adds efficiency and reduces drag from an already ridiculously fast and agile wing. Snap, turn, whipping around and rippin’ it on the pond in ways you never considered trying – Petra is like a bike pump for your balls.

Petra is a professional tool for pilots who fly for food. If you don't have a coach to ask if you're ready, then you're not ready. This wing is a custom, special order item with options not found anywhere else in the industry. Put your name on the list today and get one step closer to everything you need to put you on the medal table.

Matrix2

The Daedalus Matrix2 is a next generation 5-cell competitive CF canopy using proven cross brace technology with fewer lines. It opens great, flies solid, handles hard docks and keeps flying no matter what.

This wing revolutionizes the idea of how a CRW canopy should land. There is tons of flare even on straight in approaches. The harness is super responsive. The rears have lots of range in them, are easy to land with and give you another powerful tool to use in the air.

Aussie CRW Team Ookoonono have been doing 270 to 630 approaches with the wing and say they land almost as well as a crossbraced sports canopy.

It's truly the 5-cell that lands like a 9-cell.

The trim is not set too steep but the reduced drag still means that the Matrix2 dives more than a 7-Cell. The result is that the wing can be flown efficiently with a small amount of brakes and you just need to release it to accelerate.

The canopy is responsive on all inputs, the fronts are light and the rears have tons of power and range. The openings are firm but not slammers and are reliable and consistent with high wing loadings.

We know it's a bold move for a conservative market but it's a change we are proud to sign our name to.

You've got nothing to lose except a couple of cells!

EXTreme-FX

Several years ago we decided to get serious about making an all out high performance canopy that would be a significant step up from anything currently available. This is not really a comparatively large canopy market but developing a high performance canopy was both a passion for us and an opportunity to prove ourselves in the most difficult and highest profile market in the sport.

It was definitely going to be ZP and Elliptical but after many different prototypes of conventional construction we realized nothing came close to the improvement in performance we achieved years previously with a rectangular ZP Cross Brace Tri-cell. At the time we gave up on this design due to construction, bulk and opening problems. In 1993 technological changes led us to start work on it again.

In early 1994 we installed a computerized plotter/cutter and had software customized to calculate the shapes. We were then able to begin computer modeling and building our first Zero P, Elliptical Cross Brace Tri-cell. The ICARUS EXTreme. It flew brilliantly straight off the computer but was far from useable. Another year of development was required to get the design to the stage where we had a viable product and enough testing to release it into the market.

In January 1997 we completed testing and released our latest Cross Brace Tri-cell - The ICARUS EXTreme-FX. The name stands for Elliptical Xbraced Tri-cell (EXTreme-FX). The ICARUS EXTreme-FX delivers even smoother openings, an even stronger flare, and packs up slightly smaller than the EXTreme. Most importantly, the EXTreme-FX will now give you turf surfing performance that is WAY AHEAD of anything you will get from a conventional canopy. The EXTreme-FX is not for everybody. It's built specifically for radical maneuverability and is ideal for turf surfing. It is for experienced elliptical pilots only.

The EXTreme-FX openings are mainly controlled by the nose configuration and are very slow and progressive. As soon as the canopy comes out of the bag it starts to inflate immediately and slowly. You know things are happening straight away and you can monitor the opening as it slowly grows into a full canopy. You won't be screaming earthward with a streamer at line stretch wondering when things are going to happen. Openings take a long time but do not use much too much height as the majority of the opening sequence is waiting for inflation to finish rather than inflation to start.

The EXTreme-FX is not for everybody - it's not an all round canopy or of much advantage at light wing loadings. But if you're a bit of a canopy connoisseur who likes flying a canopy and enjoys a radical turf surf then you should definitely consider the Icarus EXTreme.

Matrix

The Matrix is a Zero-P, purpose built, competition CRW canopy. It is available in any size to enable a match of wing loadings for different weight team members. It can be configured for rotations or sequential/speed formation.

Design Concept
This was a difficult one. So many teams have different theories and techniques that have developed independently from each other that what some peoples perceived needs are directly conflicts with others. CRW is so equipment intense that after training on any one canopy design anything else will feel quite wrong and less controllable. Ultimately the canopy we have come up with is based around our New Zealand CRW techniques and background over the past 10 years. After doing CRW with every thing from F-111 220sf 7-Cell canopies to a set of customized ICARUS 95 sf ZP 9-Cells, the Icarus Matrix is our state of the art to date. We have also customized canopies to other teams' needs that differ from our own.

Openings
By going to a 1.8/1 aspect we have kept things docile and aided the opening heading characteristics. By using a bag less deployment line twists are eliminated and off heading openings are reduced significantly, however opening headings are still limited by the direction of canopy lift off from the container tray. Opening speeds are reasonably brisk to not waste working time or give the canopy much chance to vary in altitude from your planned opening height and position.

Landings
The canopy has a very short and noticeable recovery arc it will not dive very long unless on front risers. Landings can even be done by letting the canopy flare its self after a dive however with the light front riser pressure controlling this is simple. Landings are good although obviously not up to the standard of an elliptical 9-Cell. There was a little sacrifice to reducing the ballooning turns and braking when it comes to the flare. To date we have had canopies used with wing loadings of up to 1.7 psf still with good landings. The canopy can easily be brought to zero decent rate for touchdown.

Customisations
Many teams have developed there skills and ideas based on what they are familiar and comfortable with. CRW equipment must be the most modified and customized equipment used in parachuting. For us having a standard product is not as important as giving teams what they feel comfortable with. We are a relatively small company, all our orders are custom orders anyway. If your team wants 75mm webbing on the nose or mesh sliders or rubber band stows for the slider then we can customize your canopies to your requirements. You may not feel that what we have designed is the best way to do things for what you want. Just let us know exactly what you want with your order and we will work with you to achieve what you want.

Conclusions
We have tried to developed the ultimate CRW canopy as we see it. All the teams that have switched over to our technology have been out scoring there previous scores within about 20 jumps. For experienced team we recommend a wing loading based around 1.4 psf. At first the canopies will feel a little dead (unless you are coming from larger canopies) but pretty quickly you will see the advantages. Having a more controllable canopy is a bit like wearing a tighter more docile jumpsuit for freefall sequential.

GLX

The new GLX is a ground launching machine! After several years of beta testing, we have developed a parachute that is easy to launch and a joy to fly down the mountain.

The GLX is completely cross braced, with a hybrid nose section. The center three cells of the canopy are open and the cells on each side of the center are closed with opening similar to a JVX. The GLX has no stabilizers, has reinforced ribs and uses Spinnaker cloth. Spinnaker material has been used for years on ram air kites and paragliders. It is crisp and thick allowing it to hold the airfoil's shape better, it makes launching easier and it is more rigid during flight. The GLX comes standard with two HMA or Vectran line sets.

As an option, pilots can get a continuous line set allowing broken lines to be easily changed in the field without tools. A continuous line set makes losing a line during flight less stressful, since you have more attachment points between you and the canopy.

If you're serious about ground launching and want the most from your Bladerunning experience there is only one choice - and anyone who has flown a GLX will confirm it.

See you at the launch point...