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Watch Project X online: Episode 1 Flight

Project X takes Flight with its debut episode! Dr. Brian Fleck takes a ride in a hang glider to help illustrate the basic physics of flight, along the way explaining how something the size of an apartment building can actually get off the ground. Marc Huot then goes skiing in a wind tunnel to unlock the secrets of an Olympic Gold alpine jump. And together they take a look at the human contribution to flight rocket science. But flying is not quite as easy as these guys make it out to be. Dr. Jennifer Gardy picks up a few tips from some of Canadas top fighter pilots on how to sustain performance and focus even under high levels of G force. Next shes off to take a parabolic flight with the National Research Council, during which shell experience the feeling of zero Gs weightlessness. (Read what Dr. Gardy has to say about these harrowing experiences on the Project X Blog) And Dr. Brian Alters gets up close and personal with the only mammals capable of really flying bats. Meeting with bat experts and researchers hell help to show us that, for all the progress we humans have made in defying gravity, we still have a lot to learn from natures experts.

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