What if Superpowers were real?

Batman could fly, but he’d crash and die

Scientists have  finally answered one of life’s mysteries – whether Batman can really fly. Researchers from Leicester University in the U.K. conducted tests on the type of cape Batman wears as he flies around Gotham City watching for mischief and criminals. They concluded that he would be able to  glide pretty well, but would crash at high speed and die once he tried to land. The researchers say this is because the  wingspan of his cape is too short to allow him to land smoothly. Researcher and superhero addict David Marshall said: “If Batman wanted to survive the flight, he would definitely need a bigger cape. Or if he preferred to keep his style  intact he could opt for…jets to keep himself aloft.”

The research paper is called ‘Trajectory of a Falling Batman’. The research team tested the  physics behind the cape worn in the 2005 movie “Batman Begins”. The wingspan of the cape is 4.7 metres, which is around half that needed for a human to land safely. The research team said that if Batman jumped from a building about 150 metres high, he would be able to  glide for about 350 metres. The problem would come when he attempted to land. The  impact would be the  equivalent of being hit by a car driving at 80kph. The team concluded that: “Clearly gliding using a batcape is not a safe way to travel, unless a method to  rapidly slow down is used such as a parachute.”

From the movie “Chronicle” (2012, Davis Entertainment)

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About Alfredo Calderon

Reñaca - Viña del Mar - Chile

Posted on March 3, 2014, in Period 1. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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