Rogallo "Sail Wing" Early Hang Glider
This "Sail Wing" early hang glider is based on the design of Francis Rogallo. Francis Rogallo was a NASA research scientist, who in the 1970's was working on a research project to aid spacecraft during re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. NASA was looking for something to replace the re-entry parachutes. In answer to this requirement, Francis Rogallo developed a flexible delta wing kite that could be deployed during re-entry. The concept was that the "kite" would fill with air and create a drag, thus reducing the speed of the spacecraft. After the kite was deployed, it was designed to kept its shape with a series of tension lines. However, NASA dropped the project due to the difficulty in deployment of the kite.
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Last Update on 12.02.98