I began working with the concept of the Turbo Explorer shortly after the publication of the StratoBolt, which had its horizontal stabilizers mounted in such a way as to potentially make construction more difficult. I decided that I wanted to design an aircraft with similar performance, but increased simplicity. Neither the original StarDragon nor the Simple StarDragon addressed this specification. After a short period of consideration and review, I decided to augment the Explorer paper airplane to increase its speed. After some design modifications and prototyping, the Turbo Explorer came to be what it is.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance