Phenomena

Re-Entry For X-Wings

In this poster, researchers analyze planetary re-entry for an X-wing craft, finding that Luke Skywalker should survive the descent to Dagobah.

Fans of sci-fi and fantasy have a long-standing tradition of exploring the physics and/or practicality of creations in their fandom, and Star Wars fans are no exception. Here engineers ask whether Luke Skywalker’s X-wing fighter could survive the descent through Dagobah’s atmosphere as he searched for Master Yoda. Their results are based on a numerical simulation, with some assumptions about the spacecraft’s descent path and design as well as the planet’s atmosphere. Fans of the Jedi will be glad to hear that the X-wing can survive its supersonic descent intact, delivering the last Jedi safely to his mentor. (Image credit: Y. Ling et al.)

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