Posts Tagged ‘plane’
Most likely to dig us out of this huge deficit, the government is auctioning a former Flying force One flight, which it will probably change with an additional Air Force One flight that’s more recent and 10x more pricey. You know, I wish we might select where our tax dollars went since I ‘d desire mine simply flushed down the shitter and the video broadcast over the web.
It’s rarely we get to sell a piece of history like this, however GSA Auctions is offering this plane that flew Head of states Ford, Carter, Reagan, Shrub, Clinton & Bush (as well as the Vice-President, First Lady, Cabinet secretaries, 4-star generals, admirals, foreign dignitaries and even more).
Enjoyable fact: did you understand a plane is technically just referred to as Air Force One if there’s a head of state aboard? Otherwise it’s just a fancy aircraft. Quick forward to some bad funny flick about a dumb however adorable head of state stepping on and off the airplane shouting, “Flying force One, routine airplane! Flying force One, routine airplane!” When I close my eyes I see Adam Sandler or among the Wayans brothers.
Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who’s so wicked he’s plotting how he can take over the world from 35,000-feet even as we talk.
This is a short video of a solider getting sucked out of the back of an airplane/helicopter after his reserve chute catches the wind. One second he’s there, the next he’s gone. Kind of like my online dating dates when we finally meet at a restaurant. *looking around* Was it something I said?! (It’s usually a combination of everything I said plus the fact my profile pic was a blurry Leonardo DiCaprio).
This is a short video of a solider getting sucked out of the back of an airplane/helicopter after his reserve chute catches the wind. One second he’s there, the next he’s gone. Kind of like my roommate whenever the check comes at a restaurant. I’ve actually started tying his shoelaces together under the table so can’t sneak away. That or pinning his hand to the table with a steak knife. I SAID WE’RE GOING DUTCH, DEREK.
You’re right, those were both bad. Hit the jump for the video.
This is a short video of a Swiss Airbus A340 landing at the Zurich airport in heavy fog. Which, as far as fog goes, is probably airplane pilots’ least favorite kind. Me? It’s my favorite because it makes sneaking around the neighborhood playing ninja assassin easier.
Thanks to the lights illuminating the fog, you can see clearly the downwash, ground effect, and the wingtip vorticies in action.
I have no idea what that meant, but I will let you in on a little secret: you know what the black box in airplanes is really for? To hold the magician that makes the airplane fly captive. Haha, the truth is out, FAA! You know how they say no electronics during takeoff? That’s because it screws with the anti-gravity field he’s generating in there. This is all fact by the way, it’s just kept secret to keep ticket prices high.
Hit the jump for the video.
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The Harlem Shake is a global phenomenon that needs no introduction — the YouTube dance craze has practically been done to death — but a Colorado ultimate frisbee team’s high-flying hijinks have propelled the meme into the news yet again. On February 15th, Colorado College students on Frontier Airlines Flight 157 donned a banana suit and Abraham Lincoln mask, and shook their way to fame somewhere over the Grand Canyon.
As of Friday evening, the video has garnered over 1,000,000 YouTube views and plenty of attention — including from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which confirmed that it was looking into the incident.
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WARNING: IT’S HARD TO WATCH THAT POOR BASTARD GETTING BEAT AGAINST THE PLANE DURING FLIGHT, I RECOMMEND NOT WATCHING THE VIDEO UNLESS YOU’RE ADAM OR EVE AND HAVE A SERIOUS THING AGAINST SNAKES.
This is a video of a 3-meter python trying to fly without paying from Australia to Papua New Guinea aboard a Qantas Airlines flight. Things didn’t work out too hot for him. And not just because there was no beverage service either.
The snake–an Amethystine python–didn’t survive the hard trip, killed either by the 248mph wind (400km/h) or the 10.4F (-12C) temperatures. When the plane arrived to its destination, the snake was still hanging from the wing, already dead.
Aw man, that sucks. My only hope is that he’d always dreamed of flying like a bird and died fulfilling that life-long fantasy. “Get real, GW.” I WAS TRYING TO BE POSITIVE. He died f***ing cold and alone, you happy? “Let’s go with the bird thing.” Well it’s too late now!
Hit the jump for the video, but really, you don’t need to watch it.
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NASA isn’t just interested in extra-terrestrial exploration, but in pushing the boundaries of atmospheric flight as well, which is why it’s just awarded $ 100,000 in funding for the supersonic plane concept shown above. As you can see, the symmetrical plane is basically all wing, and that’s because it has two different configurations based on how fast you want to go. For normal, subsonic flight, a plane needs a decent wingspan to get off the ground and sustain flight at lower speeds. But, when you want to go supersonic, large wings become a bit of a drag, which is where the concept’s bi-functional design comes in. The plane begins its journey in the long-winged setup, but spins 90 degrees amongst the clouds to use its stubby wings for efficient faster-than-sound flight and “virtually zero sonic boom.” Gecheng Zha from the University of Miami has been touting his concept for quite some time, but now he’s got the cash to refine the design, run simulations and do some wind tunnel testing, with the potential for more funding in the future. Unfortunately, the concept is, at best, decades from becoming a reality, but we’re sold on the ninja star-like design. Guile, however, is not impressed.
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If you’re flying a robotic indoors, opportunities are it’s a quadrocopter. The ability hover and maneuver on a dime is vital to whipping around the confined spaces of a lab. Researchers have actually figured out a method to conquer such obstacles with a fixed-wing aircraft, using laser variety finders, sensors and an Intel Atom processor to churn through all the data. To show simply exactly how precise the on-board navigation systems are, the team of researchers took the autonomous plane to a parking garage with ceilings merely 2.5 meters high. Why is that essential? The car has a wingspan of two meters– leaving little space for error. To see the airplane in action, check into the video presentation after the break.
Filed under: RobotsMIT researchers establish very agile autonomous plane (video recording) initially appeared on Engadget on Sat, 11Aug 2012 17:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink GigaOM|MIT |. E-mail this|Opinions
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RED5′s Spy Hawk might look like the stuff of a hobbyist’s dreams, but it’s not such an innocent craft. The remote control glider does precisely what its moniker implies, melding one part recreation with that other time-honored tradition: espionage. That’s right, aspiring CIA-types can get a headstart gathering intel by relaying video captured with the nose-embedded, 5-megapixel camera to the transmitter’s built-in 3.5-inch LCD screen. And lest that precious recon get lost, an included 4GB SD card will let you safely save it all for a rainy blackmail kinda day. There’s also an autopilot stabilization feature to keep it upright in windy conditions, but temper your excitement, as the drone’s 7.4v Li-ion battery is only rated for 15 minutes of uninterrupted privacy invading flight time. If you’re spidey senses are a-tinglin’ just knowing this sneaky toy plane exists, prepare to make peace with $ 305 (£249) and pre-order at the source below.
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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: solar-powered plane, chrome Fisker Karma and the ‘blackest’ solar cells ever
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
With the days getting longer and the spring sun creeping into the evening hours this week, we saw a host of impressive solar energy projects that put those rays to work. Kyocera revealed their plan for Japan’s largest solar farm and French company Areva announced they will be building the largest solar installation in Asia. On the other side of the globe, New York City was proud to say that it recently tripled its solar power production and a new study showed that the United States pulled ahead of China in the clean energy race this year. We also saw designs for a new solar satellite that could harvest the sun’s rays 24/7 and we ogled photos of the massive array of PV panels topping the zHome complex in Washington. A team at Natcore blew away the scientific community by creating the “blackest” solar cell ever designed and Panasonic gave us a sneak peek at its shimmering, solar-powered “Photosynthesis” Ecosystem installation, which will light up the night at the Milan Furniture Fair next week.
In green transportation news, Justin Bieber’s blindingly shiny chrome Fisker Karma had people talking (and putting on their sunglasses), while the former head of R&D at GM predicted that we’ll see driverless cars by 2020. Honda announced that it is teaming up with Zipcar to provide EVs and hybrids to Zipsters and Ferrari confirmed that its future V12 models will have a new hybrid system. Finally, SolarWorld sent us news about their new Elektra solar-powered plane, which can fly twice as far as its predecessor.
Smart design continued to make the world a little better with innovations like this vibrating glove that lets blind people text and Montessori’s Intro to Letters app, which teaches kids the alphabet. We also got back into nature (literally) with these see-through bubble tents surrounded by trees, and we reflected upon the mysterious human-shaped mirror sculptures that popped up in a Scottish forest.
Come 2045, we might just be flying around in planes powered by cryogenically frozen liquid natural gas. Boeing has unveiled a new NASA-commissioned concept called the SUGAR Freeze — SUGAR stands for Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research — that runs on liquid natural gas (LNG) and burns significantly less fuel than current planes. It’s based on an earlier concept called the SUGAR High, which was designed to show what an aircraft might look like in 2030. The original High design was a 154-seat plane that had a long span, strut-braced wing to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and the Freeze is largely the same — the difference is that it features new engine technology that runs on LNG, as well as two tanks at the front and rear to hold…