The long strange trip
An orbital drop is quite simply jumping out of a stationary ship floating above the atmosphere and falling all the way back to the planetary surface wearing a grav belt. Although this sounds bad enough to some folk, the real buzz from orbital drops comes from jumping as a group and playing chicken. The last one to activate their grav belt wins the competition, even if they do not necessarily survive the drop!
During descents, jumpers can enjoy tumbling in freefall, or with the aid of membranes, body surf through the atmosphere. Much kudos can be earned by mastering these acrobatics or deliberately performing drops into extreme weather. Other orbital drop games exist, such as landing as close to a designated landing zone as possible. This requires a great deal of skill, since negotiating different air streams whilst traversing the atmospheric strata requires intelligence and planning to account for changes in air flow, especially during adverse weather conditions.
A dream for adrenalin junkies, orbital drops are not for the faint hearted and therefore are a type of entertainment limited to younger excitement seekers. Those of particular skill who do not seem to be headed for an early grave are often recruited into Marine Special Forces as recon drop scouts.