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01-21-2010 07:58 PM  8 years agoPost 1
jschenck

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interesting

Watch at YouTube

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01-21-2010 08:17 PM  8 years agoPost 2
RappyTappy

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Lol.

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01-21-2010 09:06 PM  8 years agoPost 3
rcjon

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Available now for only $17,999,999 MSR

Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Radio Control Helicoptering.

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01-21-2010 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 4
hootowl

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The concept looks good!

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01-21-2010 10:45 PM  8 years agoPost 5
spiacro

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Very interesting!!


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01-21-2010 11:55 PM  8 years agoPost 6
geink

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Hi,
Now how about if we had 20,000 people going to work in new york at the same time.

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01-22-2010 12:07 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Yug

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Yet another interesting idea. Dunno why, but watching that vid, I imagined a fat purring ginger tom curled up in the cockpit, being all catly while the pilot tried to cope with maning the controlls.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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01-22-2010 12:43 AM  8 years agoPost 8
RappyTappy

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Thats why I laughed. Can you imagine people who can't even drive a car properly yet navigate the skies, LMAO. I would definitely have the video camera out for that one.

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01-22-2010 12:56 AM  8 years agoPost 9
hootowl

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Texting while flying.

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01-22-2010 12:59 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Spitfire1

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Available now for only $17,999,999
If where talking about NASA, this is more likely the amount of money it cost a few hundred boffins with university degrees to produce this Utube video.

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01-22-2010 01:06 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Furious Predator

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can i assume FedEx has been involved in funding at some point?

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01-22-2010 01:23 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Leif

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Another useless rendering job....

Since we know a bit about VTOL flight, just how did that thing manage to slow it's horizontal movement on the landing?

These groups could at least create simulator versions of these supposed "aircraft" and then record actual attempts at simulated flight instead of these ridiculously amateur rendering jobs.

Some neat ideas there, but also some limitations. No visibility for landings, no head support (your neck would get stiff after a short time) and no visible provision for engine-out emergency landings.

No thanks!

Leif

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01-22-2010 01:58 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Michael503

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looks like it suffers from the same problems as early Vtol aircraft. The pilot can't see the ground to land.

I also think $17.999.999 is a bit optimistic. Were talkin' years of R&D, and aerospace contracts and those congressmen don't come cheap y'know.

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01-22-2010 02:12 AM  8 years agoPost 14
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Now how about if we had 20,000 people going to work in new york at the same time.
Can you imagine people who can't even drive a car properly yet navigate the skies, LMAO.
This is the error those who imagine success at mass-producing such vehicles always seem to make. The percentage of humans who can learn to safely operate aircraft is just too flippin' small for there to be a large enough market.

A lack of 'economies of scale' would keep prices from becoming reasonable.
The pilot can't see the ground to land.
Actually they covered that part better than most since the pilot begins and ends a flight standing up, looking forward and down, ground in sight -- and prone for forward flight works great. Best posture there is while hangliding.

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

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01-22-2010 02:15 PM  8 years agoPost 15
bcopters500

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Puffin!
If your going to crash, Do it in something respectible!
Its a very do able machine ,and as for dropping the tail, fix wing models
have the ability . Im sure they will have cyclic control for hover when the aircraft reaches certain angles of attack. BACK UP Devices,..TILTS ARE DONE BISQUITS, IT ALL HAS TO WORK TO WALK AWAY .
Nice machine !

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01-22-2010 06:07 PM  8 years agoPost 16
RappyTappy

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ok ya, umm gonna go get some bisquits now and saddle up a back up chute. lol

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01-23-2010 01:30 AM  8 years agoPost 17
bcopters500

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Puffin
I didnt say you were stupi

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01-24-2010 06:18 PM  8 years agoPost 18
v22chap

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Here is the full release article on the NASA puffin

http://www.scientificamerican.com/a...n-stealth-plane

I agree with all of the above comments ,,but for military .. I can see some uav uses ... say we have a downed pilot behind enemy lines ... send this in uav to extract him .

Or send in supplies to pin downed troops in the battle field .
If it gets shoot down ... you have only lost equipment ... not highly trained people that took a lot of time and money to get there and have a family waiting at home .

But I sure wouldn't want one in the hands of grandma !!!!!

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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01-24-2010 06:26 PM  8 years agoPost 19
fla heli boy

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I can see the skies over West Palm Beach when the FOPs start arriving in November...
Pretty cool looking machine though.

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01-24-2010 06:38 PM  8 years agoPost 20
v22chap

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Forgot the mention ... it does have built in redunat systems ... it has 4 motors per rotor and only needs 2 per rotor to land saftely (well text book wishing anyhow ) It will also have a back up battery just for emergencies like one pack goes bad ... and we electric guys all know about that !!!
They also did research on the neck getting tired ... and the Germans did a lot back in the 40's on this for their lay down birds and if you have just a simple chin brace to put your chin on ,you can keep your head up for a long time with no strain .

And if you look at the lay out of the windshield you will see that the pilot actually will be able to see the ground about as good as you could from a cub or other plane (unlike the pogo which had him in a normal seat ,,looking over his back ) ... it also will have gps and some kind of articulated landing gear thing that was not explained in the article but they talked about and it will help the pilot level it and land .

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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