This 3 minute video
of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner rehearsing for the 2014 Farnborough airshow is notable for the performance takeoff, sure, but hey check out those slipping turns, and the forward slip
to a landing, in a jetliner
. Remember the Gimli Glider
? [upbeat pseudo-techno music warning]
posted by pjern
on Jul 28, 2014 -
To commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the original Longitude Prize (won by John Harrison
with the invention of a clock that could keep time at sea), UK charity Nesta
has launched a new £10million prize
to encourage inventors and scientists to find a solution to one of six problems facing the world. [more inside]
posted by Jakey
on May 19, 2014 -
Birdly: An Attempt to Fly
. "‘Birdly’ is an installation which explores the experience of a bird in flight. It tries to capture the mediated flying experience, with several methods. [...] Visualized through HMD (Oculus Rift) the participant is embedded in a virtual landscape where his body is the body of a Red Kite. The whole scenery is perceived in the first person perspective of a bird.
To intensify the embodiment we include additional sonic, olfactoric and wind feedback. Soundwise you perceive only the roaring of the wind and the flaps of the wings." [more inside]
posted by Drexen
on May 8, 2014 -
Chilling amateur home video of the Challenger disaster "Obviously a major malfunction."
Those words have always haunted me, but to hear them here, echoing across a PA system as shocked onlookers come to terms with what they have just seen, they carry even more power than they did when they were just an anonymous voiceover on a TV shot.
posted by LondonYank
on May 2, 2012 -
and other fun experiments. An excerpt from from coverage of research at the Aerospace Medical Division Hq 657Oth Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
including scenes of F-104 seat ejection; drop tests from C-130 and ejection from F-106; effects of weightlessness on cats and pigeons in a C-131; test subjects in water tank, on centrifuge, in heat chamber and on complex coordinator. Also, scenes of vertical deceleration tower, incline impact test facility, vertical accelerator, equilibrium chair and vibration platform. More videos can be found at Airboyd.tv
: Accident Animations
, Aviation Films
, Military Flight Training Films
, and Space Shuttle Vidoes
posted by Fizz
on Jan 15, 2011 -
Once, there was a boy named Yves. He lived in the mountainous country of Switzerland, and he dreamed of flying. He loved the idea of being free to soar through the air so much that he became a pilot
. Later, he went on to fly bigger planes
. Perhaps he's even been your pilot.
But being a pilot was never quite enough. Yves still dreamed of soaring through the air, like a bird. And now, he does. Meet Jetman
posted by anigbrowl
on Nov 7, 2010 -
Solar takes to the skies.
The Solar Impulse
took flight today, reaching an altitude of 5500 feet over 87 minutes.With a wingspan of over 60 meters
, close to that of a Boeing 747, it weighs about as much as a small car. Its 12,000 solar cells generate power for the 40hp engine, with an average speed of 70 kph (44 mph). The team will continue testing the prototype, including a 36 hour overnight flight, before constructing an even lighter
, more powerful
, more stable
plane, with the goal of flying around the world in 2012, traveling both during both the day and at night, without fuel.
posted by markkraft
on Apr 7, 2010 -