Thursday, July 12, 2012

Caped Crusader needs a bigger cape

Holy roadkill, Batman! Superhero flying isn't as easy as it looks. Physics students at a British university have concluded that: “Gliding using a batcape is not a safe way to travel." The math doesn't add up. "After accounting for the drag and lift forces acting on Bruce Wayne in flight, the doomed trajectory was calculated. The 15.4-foot wingspan is just half that of an ordinary hang glider and, when launching off an 492-foot-high Gotham city skyscraper and gliding (successfully, the team predicted) for around 1,150 feet, Batman’s velocity would peak at 68 mph before leveling off at a life-threatening 50 mph descent." In other words, the Caped Crusader would be "a messy afterthought for Gotham city’s road sweepers." Heh.

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