Theory of Flight: Balsa Glider Project

Jul 12th, 2016
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Balsa glider testing and the materials that are used for it

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Running head: BALSA GLIDER PROJECT1Balsa Glider ProjectNameInstitutionBALSA GLIDER PROJECT2Balsa Glider ProjectPrototypeA glider is a type of an engineless aircraft, which is designed to move smoothly afterbeing hauled in the air or launched from a catapult. The balsa glider that was used in this projectis divided into three main parts,a)Fuselageb)Wingc)TailThe main body of a glider was the fuselage. It can be defined by comparing the glider witha conventional aircraft. The fuselage housed the controller who acted as a pilot of the aircraft. Inthis case, of the balsa glider the 3-D fuselage performed the intended function as designed fromthe concepts of its 2-D requirements. An essential part of the plane was the wing. When air flowsthrough the wings during the flight, the difference in the curvature of the lower and upper partsgenerates the lifted of the plane. This was responsible for balancing of the aircraft and the bodyhence the flight.The tail was composed of two parts, a horizontal stabilizer, and a vertical stabilizer. Thesewere to help enhance stability and control of the vertical up-down movement of the nose.ConstructionDuring construction of the balsa glider, the concept of fuselage, wings and tail was used toconceptualize the idea of making a balsa glider. In the construction of the glider, light materialswere used to help with easing the movement during the flights take off.Light materials of semi-plastic, light wood

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