Thursday, February 24, 2011

Indoor Catapult Glider Competition

Indoor Catapult Launched Glider Competition John Monk 

This event is the 2 nd indoor challenge  hosted by the Society, and this time it  was held at the Swartkops Airforce Base  in Hangar 14 on 22 nd October 2010. 

It was decided that the format for this  event would be a challenge involving  endurance only and competitors were  allowed to use bungee catapults to  launch their gliders. This meant that the  gliders all had to be able to withstand  the launch forces and the initial high  speed aerodynamics before getting to  “Top of Climb” and settling into a slow  spiral flight down to the ground.  Obviously those designs that had the  best balance in both these flight regimes ruled the day. Then of course having to avoid  the roof trusses and the side walls as well. Needle ss to say, everybody had to do plenty  of practicing to set their trims and CG position.  The Glider Competitors . Read more here,(pdf).

This is an extract from the Jan 2011 issue of the AeSSA News letter and is published with the permission of the AeSSA,

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