It seems there is severe dispute about the measurement on the short pack for the Aeros
It appears to be over the 6 ft. mark just mentioned. I am seeing over 7 ft in that discussion. However, a current Fox short: 2 m which is about 6.56 ft; does that include what the bag might do to final length? [[Aeros support page: http://www.aeros.com.ua/structure/suppo ... ort_en.php
However, the topic is 5 ft or under for some definite reasons:
1. Longer becomes visually intimidating when embarking on public city buses..
2. Longer leaves out the interior of many cars without extra todos with trunk doors and seat challenges.
3. Fits under rung of many closets.
4. The challenge may tend to bring clever construction modes that may tend to be very quick assembly and disassembly.
5. Shipping will be less costly.
6. Bicycle mounting or trailering or integrating-as-bicycle may be part of the coming results.
7. Body carry and lever effects on body during carry become different.
8. Pilot-carrying in front on oneself, if one is with eye level just above 5 ft , allows a hugging to one's chest during bus travel.
9. Pack is perhaps looks less like a body-bag. Package decor may be explored: gift-wrapped? Music-instrument decor? Friendly happy coloring designs? "This is a hang glider" signage? Transparent bag? Wear the sail wrapped about one's body; just pack the frame and lines? Consider two or even three modules?
There may be two strains about the time for assembly. One is a toleration of 30 min to 60 min in some niche hang gliding activity. Another is to have "presto change-o!"
opening, perhaps even for one minute assembly and disassembly; be ready for some creative solutions for some niche hang gliding.
Longer time toleration may even be a wanted tactic in some scenes:
1. The activity of assembling might be a magnet for involving other people in conversation about the wing and the activity. Meet people. Tell about hang gliding.
2. One might use the time to carefully examine every inch of the wing. Think about each part.
3. Perhaps a type of wing is wanted that did not fit the "presto chang-o" solution. Maybe some other characteristic was in focus that takes longer time. A quadruplane hang glider for 5 ft pack could be a super challenge. : ) Maybe one aims for very low volume with the 5 ft or less max dimension; say a wing made of angle cross section that nest into one another (or Z sections); coupling modes may bring lower cost but more assembly time. We will see.
Those aiming for the one-minute assembly will be different from the 10-min assemblies; and further, the 30-min assemblies will form a family. The 60-min family will exist. And ... there will be wings that arrive in 5 ft or less in kit form of raw materials that may take scores of hours to make or to assemble; will making of parts be required? How complete will be kits? Then there is the extreme: Carry a plan (or receive plan via Internet) or have plan memorized and then go to a site and from ambient natural materials construct one's hang glider; such might take a large lump of hours or weeks or ?
One may examine the Malibu video for things one might want to avoid in the 5 ft or less direction:
tag: dive stick short pak shortpack shortpak short-pack
mechanisms to aid some solution assembly. That is, anchor part of the complex to ambient ground or boulder or tree or friend; then go to another part of the complex and pull against the resistance of the anchor. The tension of the pulling might result in the blossoming of the wing. And leave such method open to have two anchors or three anchors or four anchors; then pull to have the wing open and rise to full form or maybe near-full-form.
Hang glider pilot's wing leash system ... : the system's kite-line set, hang-line set, gliding-kite-systems tether system ...
The 5-ft (or less) Movement ... group think, sharing style, niche activity, special engineering magic, art, ...
Some in the Movement might consider "one-way" short-pack solutions where the tote is short, but the final form does not get disassembled. Consider rise to form which form does not disassemble. Consider foam-to-form. Consider rise and fix by UV curing. Consider smart self-assembly to non-reduction format.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/0 ... 80978.html
Carbon aerogel ?
http://www.popsci.com/technology/articl ... ercent-air
What do insects and birds have to offer the Movement? Spiders?