10 January 2022
In October 2019, researchers at CALT were tasked with designing the country's first homegrown racing bobsled. None of the rocket scientists had ever seen a real sled. They started with only a technical manual and two old models purchased from abroad, which were not allowed to be disassembled. After weeks of study, they found that the rocketry aerodynamics and structural design can be adapted to help the sled's body minimize air resistance. They chose carbon fiber composite, a lightweight material that has been used in the rocket nose cones, as the sled's surface material.
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