SCIENCE OF FLIGHT
The science of how objects move through air
The height of an object in relation to sea level or ground level
Flying within the Earth’s atmosphere
The force that acts against an object in motion
Flight is the process of moving through the earth’s atmosphere (or beyond) without touching earth’s surface.
To remain in one place in the air - all forces of flight must be equal
The force that causes an aircraft to rise while in flight; created when air passes over and under an airplane's wings
The movement a drone makes along the lateral axis
The movement a drone makes along the longitudinal axis
Flying through the vacuum of space is called Space Flight.
The force that allows an aircraft to move forward; allows an aircraft to overcome weight and produce lift; created by a motor turning a propeller
VIsual Line of Sight - drone is visible to the pilot without any devices like binoculars
FLIGHT CONTROLS - ACTIVITIES
FOUR FORCES OF FLIGHT - A CLOSER LOOK
SCIENCE OF FLIGHT
In this section, students learn about the scientific concepts of flight and the terminology that defines how aircraft and drones fly.
What is Flight?
Flight is the process of moving through the earth’s atmosphere (or beyond) without touching earth’s surface. Flying within the Earth’s atmosphere is called Aviation or Air Flight, and flying through the vacuum of space is called Space Flight.
What Makes Flight Possible?
Aerodynamics, the science of how objects move through air and the laws of aerodynamics explain how things can fly.
The Four Forces of Flight
There are Four Forces of Flight that affect any object as it flies.
Lift - All things that fly require lift, it works opposite to weight
Weight (Gravity) - Every object is subjected to this force from the earth
Drag - Force that works to slow an object down
Thrust - Force that works against drag to help an object move forward