Why bother having any conscious control of the wings at all? Why not just have some simple flight interface (like trying to fly wherever your head is pointing, or somesuch crap) and let a computer do all the thinking?
The more I think about these wings, the less useful they seem. The only way I can figure to coordinate them effectively is to link them with the arms. Overriding leg input would make steering and landing almost impossible (the 1/3 body weight I mentioned before was counting the wings with the upper body, without wings, the legs are closer to half total body weight). Also, the sheer SIZE of the things would be ridiculous, excluding radical bone hollowing, etc. A couple examples from other 'flying' mammals:
Flying Squirrel: Wing span (right-left): ~1.2 body length (excluding tail) Wing length (anterior-posterior): ~one torso length (front legs to hind legs) Glide ratio: About 6:1 (6 ft. horizontal per 1 ft. vert. drop)
So these suckers would be at LEAST 8 ft. wide unfolded and 4-5 ft. leading edge to trailing edge, and that's just for gliding. If they are going to give any lift, they will be at least 12 ft. wide!! Concealability? -12
As cool as the idea is, I just don't think it can work. Sorry, but that's my verdict.
According to Evan Hughes: > >just have some simple flight interface (like trying to fly wherever your >head is pointing, or somesuch crap) and let a computer do all the thinking?
That computer has to figure out the aerodynamic properties of your body. Not precisely a simple problem... -- /!\/!ark /!\!eidengard, CS Major, VLSI. http://www.cacr.caltech.edu/~mneideng "Fairy of sleep, controller of illusions" Operator/Jack-of-all-Trades, CACR "Control the person for my own purpose." "Don't mess with the Dark Elves!" -Pirotess, _Record_of_Lodoss_War_ Shadowrunner and Anime Addict
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