Posts Tagged ‘ Flight ’

The New Drone Not Run By The Government.


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DJI, a company specializing in the development of flight control technology, has introduced their latest photography drone, the ‘Spreading Wings S900′.  Like most of their remote-controlled helicopters, the automated device features advanced autopilot technology coupled with a unique gimbal stabilization system, delivering video footage and images of comparable quality to those shot on manned helicopters.  The device has a lightweight, highly portable frame; the arms and landing gear are made of carbon fiber, which increases stability and strength without sacrificing performance.  The portable drone is designed with arms that fold in order to save space, a redesigned and rebuilt power distribution system with gold-plated metal bearings that secure the power cords during flight, and a removable upper center board, meaning set-up time just takes a few minutes.  Combined with 4114 pro motors and 1552 folding propellers, the S900 has a maximum thrust of 2.5 kilograms.

 

 

Retractable landing gear and a special low gimbal mounting bracket give users a wide range of possible shooting angles and camera motions.  The latest motor adopts a single wire stator design, offering improved heat dissipation and better performance.  Each arm is designed with an 8° inversion and a 3° inclination, making the aircraft more stable when rolling and pitching, yet more flexible when rotating.  As the gimbal bracket is separated from the main frame by specially designed dampers, it significantly reduces high-frequency vibrations, resulting in a clearer and sharper shot.  The specs are readily available online for anyone looking to purchase.

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Electric Helicopter E-Volo VC200


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The E-Volo VC200  has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight, with multiple flights lasting several minutes and reaching heights of nearly 22 meters high. Together with 18-rotor blades and a disassemblable architectural system, the volocopter has been designed to host two passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft. Equipped with an automated control system, the pilot no longer needs to worry about flight conditions: the E-copter is controlled via on-board computers that work in coordination with numerous hi-tech sensors. All parts connect to an intelligent mesh network. In the event of a failure of several components, the low-maintenance aircraft is still able to land safely. The construction of the helicopter integrates six rotor arms with three drives which are supplied from different energy sources. Each is powered by 20 independent computers, capable of individually navigating the volocopter in mid-air. In the current prototype of the VC200, the 18 drives are supplied by six central battery blocks with a reserve capacity of 50%; even when two battery blocks fail, a safe landing is possible.

Airplane Passengers Incite Mile-High Pillow Fight Pillow Flight Sparked on CO1905 Flight


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Air travel is boring. Why not make it interesting by inciting a pillow fight? That’s exactly what passengers did on a recent Continental Airlines flight from Phoenix, Arizona, to Everett, Washington. They even ganged up on those in first class with the chant “Throw them all into first.”

Louis C.K. vs Technology.


Consumer technology can evoke a mix of love and hatred in its users, making it ripe for comedy.  Take smartphones, for example. We may come to feel dependent on our pocket-sized gadgets, but we may also feel embarrassed about our dependency and grow to resent the devices, as if they are sentient beings bent on making us weak or incapable of functioning independently.  Hatred, is a strange emotion to feel towards a phone, a fact that is not lost on comedian Louis C.K., who calls out smartphone owners for being ungrateful for their “amazing” devices. “We have these phones that you can call in an airstrike. You can look at the top of your own head,” said the standup star during his 2011 Comedy Central special Hilarious. “We have this beautiful thing, and we hate it. I never saw a person going, ‘Look at what my phone can do!’ Nobody does that. They all go ‘This f—–g thing it sucks.'”

The Flight Simulation Center In Stuttgart, Germany.


Even those who are afraid of flying might enjoy the experience of piloting a Boeing 737 at the simmINN Flight Simulation Center in Stuttgart, Germany.  The reason confidence is two-fold.  One: The aircraft does not leave the ground as the full-size replica of Boeing 737 with its Learjet 45x cockpit are firmly indoors.  Two: The outside of the plane looks so cool that you will forget your phobias and just want to hop in and fly.  Frankfurt-based architect Boris Banozic is responsible for the concept, interior and graphic design of this center that is open to the general public. Yes, you, too can book a two-hour flight, piloted by Captain You and no crew.  Now, if only an airline company picked up this concept as their head-office design, then I would be really impressed.

Wanna Rent A Plane?


Virgin America is offering a deal on deals site Giltcity.com to take a round-trip flight for you and up to 145 of your friends for $60,000.  The flight would take you on a full-size Airbus A320, complete with in-flight wifi, seatback entertainment systems, and in-flight meals and drinks.  The offer is good for a round-trip flight to any of Virgin America’s nonstop domestic locations, excluding Mexico.  Virgin America said it is also “throwing in a few extra in-flight amenities” to the Gilt member and guests.  Travel website Jaunted.com notes that the $60,000 price tag works out to $410 per person if split evenly among 146 passengers.  Additionally, the airline is allowing the Gilt member to permanently name a plane in its fleet by painting it on the side of the aircraft.

You’ve Never Flown Like This.


Comlux, a charter company based in Zurich, unveiled its latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige suitable for up to 19 passengers.  Top-quality, exclusive materials were used throughout, with a natural color palette that echoes the sand and sky of the desert.  The main room offers a VIP lounge with L shaped divan, two club seats and a large dining table for 6 guests.  A fully private compartment offers either a cozy lounge for the day or a large double bed for the night. A dedicated bathroom with shower completes the private lounge.  The plane has ample seating for members of a VIP’s travelling entourage. It also has a large cargo belly, allowing transportation of large amounts of luggage.  This A320 is equipped with the latest technologies such as GSM, new touch screens, mood-lighting, wifi internet access and iPod/iPhone.

The Plane Of The Future.


A futuristic airplane concept could herald a future where business and economy class give way to work and play areas on board the aircraft of the future.  That’s the vision of Airbus, which this week unveiled its ideas of the plane of 2050, complete with a ‘bionic’ shell which turns partially transparent to provide a panoramic view for passengers.  In the front, the company has integrated a relaxation (“vitalizing”) area, while the rear of the aircraft includes a “smart tech” space for working and virtual conferencing.

In the middle, an “interactive” zone allows passengers to move around a virtual reality cocoon, with the walls transforming to offer them lifelike experiences such as rounds of golf or video conferences.  Passengers will be able to enjoy seats that mold to their body shape, and an automatic bag loading system which delivers hand luggage to the correct place above their seat.  Some of this technology simply doesn’t exist yet, but in many cases the airline is building on ideas which have already been implemented, to some degree, by today’s airlines — if you can’t wait, here’s how to enjoy tomorrow’s technologies today:

Fully stocked bar: Already a staple of Virgin Atlantic’s offering, a place where business class guests can mingle, sip cocktails and tuck into nuts.Electronic passenger identification using handprints: not used on aircraft, but used to speed up security by some airports (often as part of a premium package).Mood lighting: available on some carriers and is set to become even more so — it comes as standard on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, set to go into service with All Nippon later this year.

Angled seats: A variant is offered in the new business class cabin on board Cathay Pacific‘s long-haul routes, where the long seats have been angled to point towards the windows to give a better view.

Seat canopies: Emirate’s first-class suites feature electronic sliding doors, while some KLM business class services feature “privacy canopies.”

Virtual screens: Not quite in cabins yet, but the size and shape isn’t a million miles away from the wide screens offered to passengers bySingapore Airlines, Etihad and Emirates (among others), some of which offer a view from the front of the aircraft via cameras mounted on the fuselage.

Virtual golf: Space restrictions mean this isn’t a reality yet, but Air France already offers a virtual art gallery using touch screens on board its A380 aircraft.

My Top 30 Memories.


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I was thinking recently about my future, and later on in life how I would describe world changing events of my past to my children as I experienced them.  We’ve all heard that a picture says 1,000 words, which in most cases is 100% true, so I dug up some collections of pictures and was able to comprise a set of 30 photos that exemplify some of the most important memories spanning the last decade or so.  The photos aren’t in chronological order (they’re a bit boring when arranged that way), and this isn’t every major event that’s happened since 2000, just the ones that I remember the most. Check the method below, and if you remember any of these events, let me know what you think, and your opinion of the pictures that represent them.  I’m extremely curious to hear what people have to say.

September 11th 2001

The Infamous ''Britney/Madona'' Kiss August 28th 2003

October 15th 2005, An Iraqi man is arrested for having bombs in his car.

September 11th 2006, World Trade Center Momument goes up.

December 27th, Mark Zuckerberg wins Time Magazine's Person of the Year award for Facebook.

February 20th, 2008, Barack Obama is on the campaign trail for President of the US.

The Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupts. April 22nd, 2010

October 4th 2003, The Governator is nearing completion of dominative the California Elections.

June 20th, 2004, An Israeli border policeman fires teargas canister during a protest by Palestinians

The final flight of the Concorde Jet (Flight 216). November 26, 2003.

Saddam Hussein after his capture is shown during a press conference in Baghdad, December 14, 2003.

Fireworks light up Sydney's Harbour Bridge during the closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney October 1, 2000.

Michael Phelps becomes the first single athlete to win 8 Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. August 11, 2008.

My boy Usain Bolt of Jamaica becomes the fastest man in the world. August 20, 2008.

Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, July 7, 2009. The Jackson family mourns the death of Michael Jackson.

The war in the Middle East rages on in the Kunar Province August 12, 2009.

The 58th Cannes Film Festival, May 13th 2005. Paris Hilton reminds us that you don't have to be talented to be famous.

Fireworks illuminate the sky around a euro sculpture, designed by German artist Ottmar Hoerl on January 1st, 2002, to celebrate the birth of the 'Euro'.

Judge Robert Rosenberg, stares at a dimpled punchcard ballot November 23, during the 2000 presidential elections.

Elian Gonzalez, held by Donato Dalrymple, is taken by U.S. federal agents from his Miami relatives April 22, 2000.

Michael Jackson holds an unidentified child, covered with a towel in Berlin Germany, November 19, 2002.

Former President George W. Bush addresses U.S. Army soldiers and their families at Fort Hood, Texas, January 3, 2003.

A man walks in the street near the World Trade Center towers in New York City, early September 11, 2001.

Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003.

November 19, 2001. Former President George W. Bush looks like a jackass. (This is neither the first or last time it would occur.)

A ''wardrobe malfunction'' marrs the Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, on February 1, 2004. This is the most searched photo in internet history.

Elmont, New York, April 9, 2009. Protests begin against foreclosures in response to the failing U.S. economy.

November 4, 2008. Barack Obama is declaried the winner of the 2008 Presidential elections... And I'm stuck in class.

Richard Fuld, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lehman Brothers Holdings, October 6, 2008, signifying a response to the economic downturn.