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Old 09-05-2015, 04:37 PM   #31
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That escalated quickly. I don't understand who was swinging from the chopper.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:43 PM   #32
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Whutsthatnow? Nevermind, I for got there was even a heliocopter in that vid.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:33 PM   #33
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We all knew it was just a matter of time...

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Old 09-08-2015, 01:40 PM   #34
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That's no drone, that's an aircraft, a plane, subject to all sorts of FAA restrictions. Even as an experimental, they'll be all over him. Ten minutes of battery life is just long enough to get in trouble.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:00 PM   #35
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all sorts of FAA restrictions
The black socks with shorts tells me he is British. (Plus the union jack sticker and the license plate on the trailer.)
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:06 PM   #36
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Oh, I thought the black socks and shorts just meant he is a dweeb.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:13 PM   #37
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Or, he's not wearing shorts. They're actually boxers, and he just took off his trousers.

Because he doesn't like flying by the seat of his pants.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:34 PM   #38
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:10 PM   #39
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Just a concept, but I like it anyway


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Old 09-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #40
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Maybe on Mars.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:56 AM   #41
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Maybe on Mars.
So... Will this one magically change human psychology across the entire species too?
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:08 AM   #42
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Human psychology may change but physics won't, those rotors won't carry the weight of an air ambulance, so send it to mars with the rest of the science fiction fantasy.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:00 AM   #43
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I thought you meant with the lower gravity on Mars this will actually work there.
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Old 09-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #44
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Oh regarding the physical design I agree - at that weight you'd basically just want to go with an unmanned helicopter design, and in particular for this purpose - If anything, the extra pitch & roll of the quad design is something you'd probably prefer not to have when you have a patient inside any every extra motion is another direction for blood to spill.

But you are missing the point - one of biggest reasons there are more ambulances on the road then from the sky are the costs of pilots themselves. This is one area where the vehicle construction can be made to meet demand and be mass produced for cheaper, by the bottleneck is in the skill. The other massive reason is also skill related but indirectly - regulations in regards to where it can land and how low it can fly in urban or highly populated areas. Now, take these restraints away...


...And you'll have a fleet of ambulances that can't fly in the rain. Ok, some kinks do need to be worked on. But I wouldn't call that science fiction.

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Old 09-10-2015, 07:18 PM   #45
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That's a whole different ball game from the vehicle I commented on. Yes mass production should make air ambulances(VTOL type) cheaper but two problems in the woodpile. One is government regulations on aircraft, the other is it would be grouped with "medical equipment", the biggest ripoff and fastest skyrocketing group in the inflation index. We all know greed triumphs over all.

UT, even though Mars gravity is only 38% of ours, the atmosphere is not VTOL friendly, way to thin.
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