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Michigan Aero improves flight stability at America’s Cup

The University of Michigan and ORACLE TEAM USA are collaborating on controlling the flight of racing yachts.| Short Read

The University of Michigan and ORACLE TEAM USA are collaborating on controlling the flight of racing yachts. ORACLE TEAM USA is Defender of the 35th America’s Cup – the oldest trophy in international sport. For the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, the teams will be match racing foiling yachts. These boats are catamarans that use their daggerboards and rudders as wings to lift the hulls off the water, greatly increasing their speed. A key element to winning races is to maintain stable foiling. Ricardo Bencatel, Assoc. Prof. Anouck Girard and Prof. Ilya Kolmanovsky, from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, are using their expertise and working together with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team to develop advanced flight controllers to improve “flight stability” of the boats.”

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Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser

It could enable tabletop particle and X-ray sources as well as the investigation of astrophysics and quantum dynamics. | Medium Read