While we had already successfully mastered the openings for the little brotherXaos-21 almost a full year earlier, there were elements in the -27 that took an additional year of testing and evaluation to tame.
In May 2002 we announced the release of the Xaos-27, a full 4 years of knowledge and experience after our release of the VX. Like all of the canopies in Project Ground Zero, the Xaos-27 contains several key features that have come to identify all of the canopies in the Project.
We have outfitted the Xaos-27 and other Precision Ground Zero canopies with continuous suspension lines. By eliminating the suspension line cascades we have done several very important things. We have eliminated a library of malfunctions associated with cascaded suspension lines, we are able to use a much smaller diameter suspension line (less drag), we have minimized the front riser pressure while enhancing riser flight control on both front and rear risers.
Some people who have closely inspected the Xaos-27 have noticed and commented on the addition of lower surface lateral reinforcement bands. It is interesting to note that the general impression is that these bands are intended for opening integrity, and while that may certainly be true, the real reason for spanwise lower surface reinforcement bands is flight stability, especially during radical flight maneuvers. The spanwise lower surface reinforcement bands allow the airfoil to retain its proper 3-D shape during all phases of radical canopy flight.
The Refined Leading Edge One of the least noticeable, but most significant changes in the Xaos-27, is the refinement of the canopy's leading edge. We spent months on this small but important element of the Xaos airfoil. Take a close look at the shape of the Xaos leading edge as compared to other cross-braced canopies available. While it is not so apparent in full flight because of typical speed distortion, the refined leading edge of the Xaos-27 airfoil explodes dynamically into play throughout the entire landing phase of flight, while it works in concert with each of the previously mentioned enhancements (Stabilrib technology, HMA fiber braided suspension lines, continuous line geometry, and lateral lower surface reinforcement bands) to deliver an ultra-performance canopy flyer's dream... an ultra performance canopy flight that defies gravity.
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