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Subject: What is a supersail and how does it work

Date: Wed May 3 09:03:14 2000
Posted by Todd Jennings
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Area of science: Engineering
ID: 957362594.Eg

I read about a new prototype sail.  Instead of a classic fabric sail, this 
uses a modified airplane wing.  Both an airplane wing and a sail use lift, 
so this seems appropriate.  Supposedly it uses a computer to decide the 
optimal position for maximum pull, and is even fast enough to pull a boat 
up onto hydrofoils.  I would like to know more about it

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