The students will:
Construct and fly a simple sled kite.
Demonstrate how to make the kite fly at varying heights.
Standards and Skills
Science as Inquiry
Unifying Concepts and Processes
Science Process Skills
The sled kite in this activity is a model of a type of airfoil called a
parawing. Like any wing, the parawing depends on the movement
of air over its shape to generate a lifting force. (Parasails, parafoils,
and paragliders are similar lift-generating devices.)
The NASA Paraglider Research Vehicle (Paresev) was the first flight
vehicle to use the Francis Regallo-designed parawing. The little
glider was built and flown by NASA during the early 1960's to
evaluate the parawing concept, and to determine its suitability to
replace the parachute landing system on the Gemini spacecraft.
Although the parawing was never used o