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Parasite Drag

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Parasitic Drag


In aviation, Parasite (Parasitic) Drag (DP) is defined as all drag that is not associated with the production of lift.


Parasite Drag is caused by moving a solid object through a fluid medium. In aerodynamics, the fluid medium concerned is the atmosphere. The principal components of Parasite Drag are Form Drag, Friction Drag and Interference Drag.

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