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Hovering Not Hard if You're Top-heavy, NYU Researchers Find
February 10, 2012
Top-heavy structures are more likely to maintain their balance while hovering in the air than are those that bear a lower center of gravity, researchers at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and department of physics have found. Their findings are counter to common perceptions that flight stability can be achieved only through a relatively even distribution of weight--and may offer new design principles for hovering aircraft.
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