|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Designer||Steven J. Winckler|
The Rensselaer RP-2 (for Rensselaer Polytechnic design 2) is an American mid-wing, single-seat, glider that was designed by Steven J. Winckler and produced by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York.
Design and development
The RP-2 was the second aircraft in Rensselaer's Composite Aircraft Program and first flew in 1985.
The aircraft is of mixed construction, made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, Kevlar and fiberglass. Its 44.25 ft (13.5 m) span wing employs a Boeing 80-163 airfoil and features split flaps. The aircraft weighs just 273 lb (124 kg) empty. The landing gear consists of a conventional glider-style monowheel. The aircraft achieved a 29:1 glide ratio.
Data from Sailplane Directory
- Crew: one
- Wingspan: 44 ft 3 in (13.49 m)
- Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 16.4:1
- Airfoil: Boeing 80-163
- Empty weight: 273 lb (124 kg)
- Gross weight: 437 lb (198 kg)
- Maximum glide ratio: 29:1 at 45 mph (72 km/h)
- Rate of sink: 136 ft/min (0.69 m/s)
- Wing loading: 3.64 lb/sq ft (17.8 kg/m2)
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