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Paragliders' Launch Trajectory is Universal

  title={Paragliders' Launch Trajectory is Universal},
  author={Quentin Da Cruz Lopes and Sophie Ramananarivo and Caroline Cohen and Michael Benzaquen},
We design, build and run a reduced-scale model experiment to study the paragliding inflation and launching phase at given traction force. We show that the launch trajectory of the glider is universal, that is, independent of the strength of the exerted force. As a consequence, the length of the take-off run required for the glider to reach its “ready to launch” vertical position is also universal. We successfully confront our results to real scale experiments, and show that such universality can… 

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