Undertoad Wednesday Jul 9 07:11 PM
7/9/2003: GoldenEye, a remarkable aircraft
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jul 9 07:45 PM
DARPA won't do anything with it. All they do is solicit technology demos. And pay handsomely for it, I might add. Then it's up to the military to find uses for this technology and solicit bids on the development of weapons or tools using this technology. Usually in combination with other new ideas. I notice on the DARPA website they're soliciting a lot of software/hardware solutions to harsh evironment survival. Can you say, battlefield.
Undertoad Wednesday Jul 9 07:56 PM
But eventually these things reach down to us, the little people, when they get consumerized.
SteveDallas Wednesday Jul 9 09:12 PM
UT, your example is disturbingly reminiscent of ninjaburger!
Nothing But Net Wednesday Jul 9 09:50 PM
"GoldenEye will pay for itself after a few loads of smuggled Coke. Heroin is also quite lucrative."
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jul 10 12:28 AM
I don't think the Gumint is going to relinquish airspace than easily.
Undertoad Thursday Jul 10 01:15 AM
They can have my GoldenEye when they pry the controller out of my cold dead hands. The great thing about the example is that you can order that food from Chinatown NYC... even if you're in West Virginia... and get the order in less than four hours. (Or, I suppose, it's free. Which would be a great deal since the cost of the order would be into the tens of thousands of dollars.)
Torrere Thursday Jul 10 02:08 AM
This would be a great courier. It could send secret communications, love trinkets, lost keys, and biological weapons.
wolf Thursday Jul 10 02:17 AM
I know a guy who has a somewhat twisted sense of humor (yeah, I know that doesn't narrow it down much, most of the guys I know have somewhat bent humor glands) wants to paint up an RC aircraft with *insert city of choice* Police Dept logos, install a camera in it, and fly the thing around some unsavory neighborhood, just to see how long it takes before someone tries to shoot it out of the sky ... AND to see if any furor is generated as a consequence of the apparent use of "spy planes" to observe crack deals.
chrisinhouston Thursday Jul 10 10:18 AM
The design reminds me of some little fireworks that are often sold around the 4th or at New Years.
one earth Thursday Jul 10 03:56 PM
I think it is obvious that they just want to be able to deliver a couple of cold ones to the general. Might have been a little too obvious if they said it had to be able to deliver a brace of long necks.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jul 10 06:12 PM
And Tuesday Jul 22 12:34 PM
Hrm... you could carry a lot in two coke-can sized packages... smoke bombs, nerve gas, condoms, grenades, 2-3 tight rolls of duct tape, biochem mixtures, party favors, tootsie rolls, two different flavors of ice cream...
Undertoad Tuesday Jul 22 01:46 PM
My guess for fun: a sensor/mic/camera that sends its signal to satellites, can color-change to fit in with surroundings, and can slowly "walk" to get into an ideal location or to hide or both.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 22 07:23 PM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Dec 5 08:40 PM
It's flying in this configuration, with a rotary wing for take off and landing that becomes a stationary wing for high speed flight.
Elspode Saturday Dec 6 02:25 AM
This is the same machine? Naaaaahhh....
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Dec 6 08:42 AM
Not the same, another iteration. This one has the rotary wing added for controlled take offs so the Chinese food doesn't spill.
jimf747 Sunday Dec 7 02:04 PM
Where did this stupid photo come from, it’s a prank. That stupid looking thing couldn’t fly two feet… ask me how I know?
wolf Sunday Dec 7 04:26 PM
Why don't you enlighten us, rather than taunting us? That's kind of how this whole message board thing works. Occasional wise ass comments do work well (it's a life skill many of us have mastered), but if you make a provocative statement, you should be prepared to back it up. Not every post needs to be brilliant, or contain APA formatted references, but at least say what you were intending to say.
juju Sunday Dec 7 04:37 PM
APA formatted references.. what a great idea!
jimf747 Sunday Dec 7 04:45 PM
The aircraft in question is missing basic configuration components. You are looking an engine cowl with some little wings attached. In technical terms it would be called “Short coupled”. Its aerodynamic components lack leverage. In layman’s terms… its wider then it is long, which is not something an aero engineer would consider because of instability considerations. It also lacks axis controls on the edges of the aerodynamic components… which would be required for low speed control and vertical takeoff and landing.
Kitsune Sunday Dec 7 05:06 PM
Last, Firstname. "Article Name." Website Name. Date visited.
And if you accidentally underline the period after the website's name, you'll have five points removed from your grade.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Dec 7 05:39 PM
Jimf747, Is that you Radar? It just so happens that aircraft that you say can't be true, is being flown by Boeing and the DOD as we speak. So not only are you a condecending asshole, you have nothing to be condecending about because you're wrong again.
jimf747 Sunday Dec 7 05:46 PM
The aircraft you saw in the picture is not being flown, because it couldn't fly. And by the way you name calling peace of garbage, I''ve been an Aeronautical Engineer for 25 years working on some of these projects!
russotto Sunday Dec 7 05:50 PM
A rotary wing which becomes a fixed wing? There's some serious problems with that idea (all the angular momentum of the wing has to go somewhere when you stop it), but I doubt DoD is going to release details on how they solved them.
jimf747 Sunday Dec 7 06:41 PM
Kitsune Sunday Dec 7 07:38 PM
Elspode Sunday Dec 7 11:28 PM
Bruce, what's the source of the rotary wing aircraft you posted? I've looked at Aurora's site, and it shows them hover testing a prototype that looks a lot like the one that started this thread, minus the horizontal flight control surfaces.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Dec 8 08:18 PM
"Boeingnews Now" site on Boeings internal web. Basically it said Rick Baily, vice president and deputy of Integrated Defense Advanced Systems, or IDeAs, commended the team shortly after the Phantom Work's Canard Rotor/Wing concept completed its first flight Wednesday at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Under joint development by Boeing and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, of the DoD, the CRW incorporates a rotor designed not only to spin for vertical takeoffs
xoxoxoBruce Thursday May 25 10:54 PM
On the same track, but the family tree is branching.
milkfish Saturday May 27 06:59 AM
So it's something for peering in second-storey sorority windows then?
MaggieL Saturday May 27 11:21 AM
Actually, as flying robots go, this one's kinda big and clunky.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday May 27 12:41 PM
Not for the military. Those teeny tiny flying robots haven't made it out of the lab because the controls are too complicated, the operation in real weather too unreliable to make them useful.
MaggieL Saturday May 27 01:02 PM
jaguar Saturday May 27 02:05 PM
I always hoped that in The Future my pizza would be delivered Hiro Protagonist style, not some funny looking jet. You can get a lot of HE in two coke cans.
Undertoad Saturday Mar 24 11:51 AM
GunMaster357 Saturday Mar 24 01:31 PM
Question 1) can it deliver if you move to another location?
Undertoad Saturday Mar 24 03:29 PM
That's a good question. In this country most tacos are eaten in moving vehicles.
footfootfoot Saturday Mar 24 05:14 PM
Undertoad Sunday Apr 21 11:33 AM
Since Tacocopter never really took off, ha-ha,
Gravdigr Monday Apr 22 03:12 AM