That depends entirely on 1. if the cockpit is intact, and 2. how you are secured.In a forced landing what would you want when you go full thumb tack????? broken ankles and toes or brain splatter and broken neck?
It glides mucho better than solar impulse with 40:1 ratio. That SI ( I+II ) has a very draggy non lifting fuselage.I'm not following you. Please explain why that is apparent.
With the wing loading these crafts fly there really isn't impact on landings at all. This was also found out in the 30ies.direction of flight has more of an impact wouldn't you think?
(History of using helicopters to recover wrecks)
Well the impact you are craving no one survives ....even in the safest fuselage. That is no longer called a landing.mass is mass and stopping is stopping with a light wing loading or a heavy loading is not a factor at all. You clean up enough crashes from piper cubs -ultralights and fast movers you see 'wing loading' is a load .
A forced landing is what it is and to design a machine with no regard to the fact that you will never screw the pooch "No impact" is full of Bull.
It is based on the fact that this AC has less drag and wing loading...and similar aspect ratio in practise. It is almost educated guess, but since we know that SI 1 + 2 were designed to fly at nite time carrying half of total mass of batteries with extra heavy fuselage we can be certaing it is far from being an optimal ( motorized ) glider.My question is how do you know that it glides better than the Solar Impulse.
I don't crave anything just pointing out If you use only one criteria for a design you are going to kill your passengers for no good reason. leave out the prone position'
(try it for long periods you wont like it - Air force tried and gave up on it that might be your first clue)
OK, someone dredged up another necro-post (maybe it was new since the banning).
Anyway, it gives me the opportunity to offer another thought on the prone vs seated debate.... for those that advocate prone, do you sleep or rest by laying face down on your stomach? Do you converse with your house guests while laying on your stomach? If not, then why would you ever consider prone flying more functional or comfortable. Yes, it may offer a little more streamlining (which is only marginally important at hang glider speeds), but supine also offers reduced drag.
Let’s put it this way... if I were Superman, I wouldn’t be flying around like he did in the old television show, I’d fly around in an upright or seated position. Much easier to look around that way.