ICARUS - the COMPANY

Started in 1999 ICARUS is one of the industry leaders in sport parachute design and innovation.

From the original Omega, Safire, Crossfire, FX Extreme, VX and Tandem canopies, we developed a new generation of canopies including the Safire2, Crossfire2, Omni, IC Reserve, NANO and NEOS that set the mark today in terms of soft on-heading opening and flight characteristics.

ICARUS engineering approach to product development is based on numerical methodologies as opposed to trial-and-error methodologies traditional designers use.
 
Design by trial and error development procedures consists of modifying the system continuously and testing it during actual drops until designer satisfaction is achieved. This is the traditional design strategy used today by much of the sports parachute industry. The disadvantage of this method is the length and cost of such a process to achieve a final design. The number of tests required is so high that it can force the designer to take short cuts and therefore lose control over a number of variables. The result is normally overdesigned systems with less than optimal weight, volume, flight and resistance characteristics.

Numerical methodologies is the area of mathematics that analyzes physical phenomena by posting equations of government and proposing solutions for them. Simple phenomena allow for exact or analytical solutions, while complex phenomena require solutions by numerical approximation. The numerical methodology approach reduces the complex phenomena into a number of smaller problems with analytical solutions and assembles their individual behaviors to resolve the global phenomena. This process is referred as discretization or the process of dividing a problem into finite elements to prepare for analysis. Any physical phenomenon presents an evolution conditioned by boundary circumstances. These schemes have to be implemented by use of computer language that allows running mathematical solutions to the government equations. Empirical data provides guidance to bound possible ranges of the independent variables. This process allows simulation testing of partial or complete systems with all the variables controlled, thereby resulting in a much deeper understanding of the complete system characteristics.

Numerical methodologies allow designing more efficient parachute systems by optimizing desired flight configurations with minimum weight and volume, allowing for the design of specific objective aerodynamic performances like high glide and penetration configurations or high descent speed designs. Additionally, provides for the design of a canopy configuration that ensures an optimal work load for every specific component and material (fabric, lines, tapes…). In any operating phase, any structural component may be carrying either too high or too low a loading for its nominal capability. Too much loading could endanger the structural integrity of the canopy, too low would increase weight, volume and cost unnecessarily.

We would like to thank you for trusting ICARUS and its products. By purchasing an ICARUS canopy, you have made the choice for TECHNOLOGY, QUALITY & RELIABILITY.

Blue skies,
ICARUS