Wingsuit Fabric Design

Aphoto of the wing suit design team.

Sponsor: Red Bull

Team Members: Rebekah Cope, Hannah Joyner, Kyrsten Rudock, Ella Schauss

Project Description: The world of skydiving and base jumping took a huge step forward with the introduction of wingsuiting in the late 1990s, which created an unbelievably exhilarating way for adventure seekers to experience flight. Professionals and amateurs alike continue to push the limits of what is possible with the wingsuit through their own mental and physical training in surpassing speed and distance records and developing new maneuvers. However, over the last decade, there have been few changes made to the suit that directly resulted in next-level flight performance. The goal of this project is to redesign the wingsuit from a textile/materials standpoint to unlock the next level of human flight potential using research and analysis of the suit’s current properties. Key wingsuit characteristics to consider during this project are weight, strength, comfort, fit, durability and, of course, safety. We are also interested in methods of integrating data capture in flight without affecting performance. The team will have access to experts from the professional skydiving community including suit manufacturers and wingsuit pilots as well as global leading textile and composite manufacturers with access to a variety of samples for testing and prototyping.