At Squirrel, we focus on creating a healthy balance of speed and comfort in all of our BASE jumping wingsuits and tracking suits. Why is speed important for BASE jumping?
Speed = lift and energy. Lift is control, and energy is a main ingredient for “margin”. Lift and control gives us precision to direct the energy to create the margin.
F ≈ V2 = VxV
(F = Force and V = Velocity/Airspeed)
Airspeed squares aerodynamic force. Which means Force is proportional to Velocity squared. Force in this case is Lift. Pick a speed, any speed. Available lift at that speed equals 1x. Now, double that speed, and your new available lift is (2)2 = 4x
Increase airspeed 100%, available lift is now 400%.
If you double your airspeed, you quadruple your available lift.