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NASA at 50: 1961: Flexible Wing Design Used for Hang Gliders
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Introduces Francis Rogallo, a NASA engineer whose design for the flexible wing became the basis for modern hang gliding. The program details how Rogallo designed the flexible wing for the Gemini and Apollo space programs. Although NASA did not use ultimately use the design, the flexible wing's low cost and simple construction allowed flying to become a recreational sport.

Copyright: 2008