quizbowl wrote:What times seem competitive?
chalker7 wrote:quizbowl wrote:What times seem competitive?
That's really hard to say. It really hasn't been tested very much so far.
As Jeff said above these rules are incredibly open but ornithropters are also incredibly difficult to build. The national record is a little bit more than 20 minutes, but that ornithropter weighed probably 1.5 grams and was flown and built by one of the best flyers in the country. I imagine a couple of teams will be able to get over 5 minutes with these specs if they dedicate a lot of time to building and practicing before nationals. However, I also imagine the vast majority of teams will be below 15 seconds since it is just such a challenging event. I think in North Carolina years past the winners were in the 30-45s range.
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