Department

Aerospace Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Aerospace Engineering

Date

6-2011

Advisor(s)

William E. Durgin

Abstract/Summary

Dynamic soaring is a technique used by the sea bird the Albatross. This technique allows for the bird to stay in the air for extended periods of time with very little effort. Dynamic soaring utilizes the wind gradient on the surface of the ocean to maintain its airspeed. A similar technique is used by RC glider pilots to achieve high speeds by using the shear wind layer on the leeward side of mountain ridges.

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