Friday, September 18, 2009

Children Could Fly!

This is a link to MIT students who sent a camera into space and could take pictures of the earth's curvature, all for under $150.

Simple, but creative genius.

I think it's possible to allow children to fly (and cheaply) without the use of an engine. In other words, man powered flight. Please read my other post about the Gossamer Albatross.

How can it be accomplished? Have children slide their arms in a small fixed wing that is filled with helium. The rest of their body would be attached to a helium filled rudder in the back. Send them down a zip line that would release them 10' above the ocean.

It's a simple idea, but if these MIT students could send a camera in outer space to take pictures, we could do this.

This link shows a home-made gas powered paraglider.

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