Sunday, December 20, 2009

Scientific paper on wingsuit aerodynamics

Swiss university researcher Geoffrey Robson has been studying wingsuit flight to unprecedented accuracy, by using a very sensitive instrument which measures 3D location by GPS and inertial measurement, flyer attitude and heading, altitude, and air pressure (for air density data) during many wingsuit BASE jumps. The device, called the MTi-G, was purchased from Xsens, a Dutch company that specializes in 3D motion tracking.

Geo studied the optimal angle of attack for the best glide ratio. He's also been working closely together with Visa Parviainen to gather data on powered wingsuit flight. The article of a couple days ago about Visa mentions doing tests and gathering data. Visa is sharing this data with Geo for his research.

Geo submitted his paper to the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, where it will hopefully be published. We've been given a sneak preview of the very interesting paper, but unfortunately we cannot show it to you yet. When Geo releases it to the general public, probably in January, we'll post a link to it here on WWWN too.

Read the article/press release on the website here or visit Geo's website on the subject.

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