Skydiver’s rule of thumb:
15 seconds to terminal velocity covering 1500 feet of altitude. Then at 120 mph terminal velocity, 6 seconds per thousand feet.
So, for 50 seconds:
50 = 15 + 35 (let’s say 36 to make life easy)
= 1500 feet + 6x1000 feet
= 7500 feet. From 10,000 you're at 2500 feet, and minimum allowed opening altitude is 2200 feet.
Now the rig free-falling alone won’t fall as fast as a man, so the chaser won’t have to fall for 50 seconds to catch it. but given the time required to put on the harness (2 thigh straps, the shoulder straps, and 1 chest strap) let alone the time to chase & catch it, and I say you run out of time more often than not from 10000 feet. From 14000, maybe you have an even chance. It’s still heads you die, tails you live.
Colour me skeptical
-trupa, A (beginner) license, 103 jumps.
As a former skydiver,