How Do Airplanes Fly?
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How Do Airplanes Fly?

Airplanes stay in the air because of one simple fact: there is no net force on them. And with no net force, an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays that way – even if it’s in midair 10 km above the earth’s surface. Now of course it’s not like […]

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Why Plane Windows Are Small And Round
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Why Plane Windows Are Small And Round

If you’re a regular here on the Bright Side, you’ve probably noticed that I love planes. Love ‘em. I used to love to jump out of ‘em. All the time. But that’s another story. Still some things about airplanes still seem outright confusing to me, like why on Earth are airplane windows round instead of […]

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Drone Pendulum Fallacy
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Drone Pendulum Fallacy

In the past I’ve build a few different flying machines, from a radio-controlled SpaceX Starship to a drone controlled by reaction wheels and more recently a drone controlled by gas thrusters. But there’s one suggestion I always receive and that is if you put the battery low on the drone for a lower center of […]

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Emergency landing a helicopter  (2/2)
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Emergency landing a helicopter (2/2)

The unique capabilities of the helicopter can make it a fearsome enemy or a lifesaving friend. The common link is the science that holds them up in the air. If you’re a designer you depend on physics for your livelihood. Pilots depend on physics for their lives. But even if the worst happens and your […]

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I got to be weightless for 7.5 minutes
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I got to be weightless for 7.5 minutes

I really want to go to space So I made my own Astronaut training program because nobody else would have me. I’m like a pet up for adoption, and I just decided to adopt myself. I’ve already made sure that I won’t throw up, and I won’t go crazy in confined spaces. But there’s still […]

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How helicopters fly (1/2)
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How helicopters fly (1/2)

Pilots need incredible skill to get the best out of these machines but even a complete novice like me can take the controls. However, a little knowledge of the science of flight is a lot of help as anyone who dares to take the controls will soon discover. I don’t really know how it’s going […]

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The Great Planet Adventures [SPANISH]
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The Great Planet Adventures [SPANISH]

A variety of planets, planetoids and moons orbit our Sun. What if we had a space ship fast enough to visit each one? Where would we land? What kind of colony would we build? We have selected real destinations with different terrains, temperatures, energy sources, and gravity pulls. On these worlds we have created realistic […]

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