Academic journal article Technology and Engineering Teacher

WINGSUIT Challenge

Academic journal article Technology and Engineering Teacher

WINGSUIT Challenge

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Context:

Aerospace engineering is the specialized field of engineering that is concerned with designing and developing aircraft and spacecraft. The designs of aircraft or spacecraft contribute significantly to its aerodynamics, including the forces of lift, drag, weight, and thrust. For instance, the shape of the wings and fuselage of an airplane will contribute weight and drag to the overall forces on the plane. That same shape can also generate lift to counter the effects of its own weight. Self-propelled air or spacecraft use engines to generate thrust to counter the effects of drag.

These forces were an underlying element that allowed the Wright brothers to achieve manned flight in Kitty Hawk, NC. We know now that the design, surface area of the wings, and power of the engine generated enough lift and thrust to overcome the negative forces of weight and drag, In thrustless flight (without an engine), the design alone overcomes its weight by generating enough lift at certain speeds in order to achieve flight.

Challenge:

Your group has been hired by an outdoor sports company to redesign a new product, the WINGSUIT. Current design specifications have been provided (at right) to give your group information about the WINGSUIT. The company wants you to redesign the thrustless-flight product because it currently does not create enough lift to overcome its weight without an unrealistic velocity. …

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