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Was wondering if there has ever been a design where the brake line connected cells were split from the rest of the cells, on the trailing edge.....

Something like an aileron on a plane wing, where the rest of the trailing edge would remain straight, and only the "control surface" would change during input.

Or is there a reason for it not being split?
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You are right, I didn't know what cells the brake lines attach to on the Megafly. Just that it uses splits. But I guess that is more for modularity in construction.

So here are some concrete examples:

For example, in a photo that can be enlarged on this page,
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/jpads-making-precision-airdrop-a-reality-0678/, the related Gigafly ties the split trailing edge together and has brake lines that attach at points apparently unrelated to the evenly spaced split point.

This appears shows something similar on the Megafly
http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&tbm=isch&tbnid=eqcqDpkZLpjmKM%3A&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.aiaa.org%2Ftac%2FAASG%2FADSTC%2FPhotos%2520and%2520Images%2FPATCAD%25202009&docid=sMkinCuaBKO8bM&imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Finfo.aiaa.org%2Ftac%2FAASG%2FADSTC%2FPhotos%252520and%252520Images%2FPATCAD%2525202009%2FTwo%252520Megaflies%252520in%252520Flight.JPG&w=1950&h=1601&ei=iFYwU6mlCpTOyAHJhoD4DQ&zoom=1&ved=0CHUQhBwwCw&iact=rc&dur=2766&page=1&start=0&ndsp=43

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potatoman

Was wondering if there has ever been a design where the brake line connected cells were split from the rest of the cells, on the trailing edge..... Something like an aileron on a plane wing, where the rest of the trailing edge would remain straight, and only the "control surface" would change during input.



Good question. It does seem kind of odd that our parachutes are still inducing turns by warping the wing just like the Wright Brothers did it back in 1903. Seems like some better method would have come along since then. Maybe these split tails create more malfunctions by giving lines a crease in which to get stuck creating more line-overs?

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