Temple Flugtag

Full-scale replica of the Wright Brother's 1902 glider

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  • Concept

    Re-engineering Human-powered Glider

    Re-engineering Human-powered Glider

    Our team has undertaken the process of re-engineering, constructing, and testing a human-powered glider that had significant importance in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. That time period represented the vastly differing experimental approaches to manned flight and the race to invent a successful flying machine. The team has studied different designs from the period and selected the most successful concept to work with. With a focus on a particular historical model, the team has worked through a series of design and construction steps in order to reach a goal of full scale flight testing and subsequent performance evaluations.

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  • Solution

    Computer Modeling and Flow Simulations

    Computer Modeling and Flow Simulations

    Of all the pioneering aviation inventors, the Wright Brothers contributed the most important aspects of successful airplanes by providing the means of controllability. The wing warping and control surfaces the Wright Brothers used to alter the pitch, roll, and yaw of their earliest flying machines are still used in some form to control every successful modern aircraft. Our team has used computer modeling and flow simulations to examine the aeronautics and structural capabilities of the Wright Brothers famous 1902 glider. We are in the process of constructing a full-scale replica of the craft which features some redesigned elements and modern materials. Upon completion of the glider, flight testing will allow the team to study the lift and drag forces, glide ratio, and angle of attack among other performance results and observations.

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  • Result

    Testing Soon

    Testing Soon

    Though our glider is still under construction, it is nearing completion. In the coming weeks we’ll be conducting both unmanned and piloted test flights which will provide plenty of data and opportunities for performance evaluation. Our team is looking forward to studying the correlations between many of our test parameters including: wind speed across the wings, lift force, drag force, angle of attack, and glide ratio.

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