student in singapore creates his own flying machine
Student in Singapore Creates his Own Flying Machine
Student in Singapore comes with a brilliant idea to build his own flying machine and now it is called the electric paraglider. It is very remarkable not only because it was designed by a student but because of the simplicity of the electric aircraft. It is as simple as having two fan propellers joined to a seated tripod or a very simple trike and a paraglider attached to the trike that when in motion it will elevate the entire machine into the air causing it to glide very effortlessly.
The student got recognized because the electric aircraft he designed is very light and it might be considered to be the lightest electric paraglider. This project was initiated by the National Geographic channel and it was part of the “Machine Impossible” challenge.
National Geographic wanted to create a challenge for designing and building a machine that can fly, be photogenic and fun. The name that was given to the tricycle was “the Delta” and it consisted of 2 propeller fans that operate with Lithium polymer batteries. For the simplicity of the design there were few factors that the designer had to keep in mind, the first part was to find a light enough wing or a blade that can elevate the tricycle effortlessly. Which in this case, a cloth paraglider was most appropriate.
The propeller and skeleton of the bike had to be made from light enough materials to allow the machine to elevate off the ground, they also have to be strong enough for safety. The tripod glider is a single person glider and the pilot is protected by an aluminum cage surrounding him, even though some fiberglass was combined in the body of the machine to soften any crash landing.
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