Under the Queensboro bridge in NYC there are inflated dome things covering tennis courts and the like. http://www.newyorkled.com/queensboro.htm has a photo showing a couple of the domes. One could jump or fall off the bridge onto a dome. The top of one dome is maybe only two or three stories down from the bridge. Two others, shown in the photo, are a much longer drop. I’m guessing that if one fell the likely result would be
- puncture the material and land fatally inside or
- bounce off on some lethal trajectory
But is it conceivable that under the right circumstances one might survive? Suppose one hit the flattish top of the bubble spread-eagled, might one bounce a few times and then be able to climb down the side? I’m guessing the fabric is not so tightly inflated that one couldn’t grab onto it to control descent? This advertising website http://www.avidoutdoors.com/airsupported.html claims their bubbles can support 50 pounds of snow per square foot and stand up to category 5 hurricane winds.
Would it help if the bubble covered a swimming pool and ripping through the bubble fabric slowed one’s descent before hitting the water? (I’m guessing not.)