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I was talking to my ex tonight, and he showed me this:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...ticle_id=447317

 

I thought it was interesting so I'm sharing it. So what do you guys think of the potential of this thing?

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Cheers,

OK, where do you sit and how do you imput flight control movements?

As a remote survailance vehicle - where do you mount the camera/guns?

Niced toy, but I think that's all this one is going to be.

 

cr

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Cheers,

OK, where do you sit and how do you imput flight control movements?

As a remote survailance vehicle - where do you mount the camera/guns?

Niced toy, but I think that's all this one is going to be.

 

cr

 

It says in the article that it's remotely operated, not a manned aircraft, flight is controlled by flaps at the bottom of the skirt (the yellow thing). As for remote surveillance, mount the camera/guns below the skirt. A stable hovering platform that can't strike a rotor? How could that only be a toy, it would have dozens of applications. How about search and rescue: think you found the victim, hover under the trees for a better view. Found the victim: Include a microphone and speaker so that you can communicate with the victim. It would be a big seller as a toy. I would buy one for my kids, if I had kids.

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"Geoff's Flying Saucers - the original name for his GFS Projects company - are based on an aerodynamic principle that has been around for nearly 100 years.

 

Known as the Coanda Effect, after a Romanian jet-engine pioneer, the principle is today used primarily in helicopters that have no tail rotors. "

It's a little known fact that Coanda's drive to succeed was fueled by intense jealousy that Newton had already invented gravity.

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So Newton INVENTED gravity? Wow.......

 

 

I saw a smaller, black version of this on Future Weapons that already had a gun and several tools on it, looked like something out of Star Wars.

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I use one as my "drone" in GRAW 2 (XBox360) (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter that is). It's awesome...

 

All kidding aside...I think it has potential...however I wonder how it would perform in heavy and unstable winds. It seems like it would be easily fflipped upside down.

 

I think "unmanned" would be the only way to go.

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The 68-year-old has won a contract with the US government for his 3ft-wide contraption, a cross between a hovercraft and a helicopter. It is being considered for surveillance sorties.

 

3 feet wide! that's a fairly large contraption, I would think it would a realitively stable platform in some mildly ruff air.

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