Archive for category HSAC/Mach Plane

Technical Difficulties, &c

The following is a post that I intended to put up two weeks ago today; I don’t know how I neglected to do it, but I did. Read the rest of this entry »


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HSAC design update

This week was an eventful one in the world of the High Speed Aircraft Club. We had our normal Thursday administrative meeting, and then met on Friday for a design session. Read the rest of this entry »

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SolidWorks and other developments

The HSAC had a brief discussion on our Google Groups forum over the weekend, the upshot of which is that SolidWorks can apparently be convinced to act as a wind tunnel simulator, so the aero guys are going to use it over the coming weeks to get some initial data and ideas about our design. This should save us some time and effort on refining the design, which translates into fewer models, fewer failed wind tunnel tests, and more funds to put towards more fruitful research.

In an ongoing discussion on the XKCD fora, one commenter explained that if the HSAC plane really is analogous to the F-104 I wrote about last week, our turbine isn’t going to be able to generate nearly enough thrust to overcome the drag from our wing area. The technical details are below the break for those who are interested. Read the rest of this entry »

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