I began designing the StarDragon in November 2012, shortly after the StratoBolt. I noticed that the StratoDragon was quite popular, but obsolescent and overly large. I set to work to address this by designing a new sailplane with greater capabilities. To accomplish this higher performance and retain commonality with comparable airplanes, I recycled much of the airframe design of the StratoBolt and then designed the new aircraft's wing. The prototype flew well, and an instructable slot was earmarked for it.
The StarDragon is quite capable, and can be used by educators easily.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance