A3_6 Flying Squirrels: Falling at Terminal Velocity

Cameron Dickens, Jack Healings, Elliot Sampson, Ben Carlisle


This paper discusses the physics behind humans landing a fall at terminal velocity. We find that there would have to be a severe increase in human size in order to survive. A 90 kg human would have to have to be 2.0 m wide and 8.5 m tall with an area of 17 m2 to survive such a fall. We also find that the fluid density would have to be 30 kgm−3 to alternatively slow the terminal velocity to survive.

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