Designing an Aircraft Using the Five Steps of the Engineering Design
Future Flight Design features a classroom exercise where students
examine how shape and materials affect an airplane's ability to carry cargo.
This engaging exercise is described in detail on a downloadable poster
(shown below) which walks the students through the entire procedure,
step-by-step. To complete the exercise, students may develop their own
paper gliders or use on of four NASA designs (also shown below). These
paper planes were patterned after real NASA aircraft and each performs
radically different, adding a fun and dynamic element to the exercise.
A very smooth and powerful performer modeled after the unmanned NASA
X-34A Scramjet (supersonic-combustion ramjet) research vehicle which
set the jet-powered speed record at Mach 9.6 in November, 2004.
A fast and straight flier modeled after an F-16XL,
a specially-designed, multi-role strike aircraft used by NASA to test
laminar flow as a potential technology for a future High Speed Civil
A"workhorse" glider able to carry heavy
payloads over a long distance, modeled after the real Space Shuttles: majestic
in appearance, intricate in design, and infinite in the possibilities offered
in space exploration.
A very agile and delicate flier modeled after NASA's Centurion, a
lightweight, solar-powered, remotely-piloted flying wing that demonstrates
the technology of applying solar power for long-duration, high-altitude
Future Flight Design Paper Airplane Poster