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Sensor 1
 
The Sensor 1 was a 1975 hang glider which featured a double surface sail and swept truncated tips. It was very stable in comparison to most high performance gliders, faster than most standards, and with good penetration. It has positive dive recovery with full sail deflation because of rigid truncated washout. This glider has been the test bed for diffusor tip theory in flex membrane wings.
 
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Sensor I
 
The Sensor I airframe is made from 6061-T6 1.75in x .049 anodised aluminium tubing and all rigging cable is 3/32in 7 x 7 vinyl coated stainless steel aircraft quality. All hardware is aircraft quality, and the sail is made from 4.25oz and 3.0oz stabilised dacron, then available in white only.
 
There was the option of seated or prone harness.
 
The Sensor 2 was from 1976 featured Flare Tips advanced tip design. This eliminates tip stall during steep banked turns and parachuting. The wingtips are extended with a Flare Tip Batten which allows the tip to flex in the angle of attack. The airfoil is a semi-double surface inflated type.
 
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Sensor II
 
The Sensor II’s Flare Tips gives it a tip inertia that is lower than most. This is very light and flexible concept allows for rapid turn response, light tip gust effects, lower induced drag and improved washout distribution. The airfoil gives high L/D and low moment. The keel is reflexed and cambered for positive pitch moment.
 
The airframe is made from 6061-T6 and 2024-T3 aluminium tubing that is doweled and bushed. All rigging cable is 3/32in 7 x 7 vinyl coated stainless steel aircraft quality. All hardware is aircraft quality.
 
The sail is made from 3.8oz Howe & Bainbridge stabilised dacron with reinforcement in stress areas and double zig-zag stitched. The sail is fully battened. Seated or prone harness support sysems were options.

 

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Sensor 2
 
The Sensor 210B is from 1976.
 
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Sensor 210B
 
The Sensor 210C is from 1977.
 
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Sensor 210C
 
The Sensor 210E is from 1979.
 
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Sensor 210E
 
Construction plans were available for the Sensor 210E, all in inches and AN standards, and available in two sizes. The Sensor at that time was "the ultimate flying machine". Bob Trampenau has been the inventor of curved flexible wingtips. Despite the fixed crossbars (floating crossbars) and big span it was easy to roll. Now, it handles like an ocean vessel.
 
Both the Sensor 310A and Sensor 310B were 1977 models.
 
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Sensor 310A
 
The Sensor 411A was also a 1977 hang glider, followed by the Sensor 411B in 1978.
 
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Sensor 411A
 
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Sensor 411B
 
The 1985 Sensor 510 was for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 510
 
The Sensor 610 came in 1992.
 
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Sensor 610
 
Seedwing Europe was authorized to produce the model "Sensor 610-144" until 1993. At the end of the contract, they continued to produce the "Sensor" under the name of "Seedwings Europe" without the agreement of Bob Trampenau.
 
The Sensor 610 CF3 was a 2000 version for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 610 CF3
 
The 2005 Sensor 610 CF4 was for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 610 CF4
 
The 2007 Sensor 610 CF5 was for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 610 CF5
 
The 2008 Sensor 610 F5 was for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 610 F5
 
Seedwings produced the Sensor 610 and, in 1993, the Sensor 611.
 
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Sensor 611

 

The 1986 Sensor 710 was for advanced pilots.
 
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Sensor 710
 
Sensor I
Keel length: 7.5 ft
Wing span: 29.5 ft
Wing area: 145 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 6
Nose angle: 110˚
Sail billow: .025˚
Weight: 45 lb
Pilot weight: 130-160 lb
Takeoff speed: 15 mph
Stall speed: 16 mph
Max speed: 45 mph
Best glide ratio (L/D): 8-1
Best L/D speed: 25 mph
Min sink: 275 fpm
 
Sensor II
Keel length: 9.2 ft
Wing span: 32.8 ft
Wing area: 165 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 6.5
Nose angle: 110˚
Sail billow: 0.5˚
Weight: 36 lb
Pilot weight: 140-180 lb
Takeoff speed: 12 mph
Stall speed: 14 mph
Max speed: 45 mph
Best glide ratio (L/D): 9-1
Best L/D speed: 25 mph
Min sink: 225 fpm

 

Sensor 210E 183
Wing area: 17m²
Wingspan: 10,5m
 
Sensor 510
Wing area: 14.96 m²
Wing span: 10.6 m
Aspect ratio: 7.5
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Number of battens: 20
 
Sensor 610
Wing area: 13.5 m²
Wing span: 10.4 m
Aspect ratio: 8
Minimum pilot weight: 60 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 85 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
Sensor 610 CF3 135
Wing area: 12.63 m²
Wing span: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 8
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Minimum speed: 32 km/h
Maximum speed: 104 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 15
Minimum sink rate: 0.76 m/s
Packed length: 5.2 m
 
Sensor 610 CF3 142
Wing area: 13.19 m²
Wing span: 10.4 m
Aspect ratio: 8.1
Hang glider weight: 32 kg
Minimum speed: 32 km/h
Maximum speed: 104 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 15
Minimum sink rate: 0.76 m/s
Packed length: 5.3 m
 
Sensor 610 CF3 150
Wing area: 13.93 m²
Wing span: 10.7 m
Aspect ratio: 8.2
Hang glider weight: 33 kg
Minimum speed: 32 km/h
Maximum speed: 104 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 15
Minimum sink rate: 0.76 m/s
Packed length: 5.5 m
 
Sensor 611
Wing area: 14.4 m²
Wing span: 10.85 m
Aspect ratio: 8.2
Minimum pilot weight: 75 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 105 kg
Nose angle: 127°

 

Sensor 710 145
Wing area: 10.12 m²
Wing span: 13.47 m
Aspect ratio: 7.6
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 85 kg
Packed length: 5 m
Number of battens: 14
Nose angle: 132°
 
Sensor 710 152
Wing area: 10.43 m²
Wing span: 14.12 m
Aspect ratio: 7.7
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 77 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 102 kg
Packed length: 5.2 m
Number of battens: 14
Nose angle: 132°
 
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Sensor I
 
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Sensor II

 

 

 
 
 


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