X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop! Follow Us: Subscribe | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Helicopter Emulates Falling Maple Seed Pod: I’m Never Getting in One of These Things

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

Riding in a helicopter can be a thrilling, and sometimes harrowing experience. But this helicopter design is one that I can say that with certainty that I would never, ever set foot inside of.

robotic_samara_maple_seed_copter._1

This unusual single-winged flying machine by Evan Ulrich and a team at of the University of Maryland is designed to mimic the twirling flight path of one of those maple seed pods. Naturally, seed pods twirl down to the ground, and don’t fly upwards, but that didn’t stop researchers from developing this contraption that spins its way skyward:

Yikes. While I’m sure the flight physics of this thing are cool for scientific study, there’s no way you’d ever want to fly in something like this. Heck, you’d probably throw up on takeoff, then your pool of vomit would go flying around the inside of the chopper until you landed. That’s a pleasant thought.

It took Evan and team nearly 100 prototypes to get one that would fly reliably, and from the looks of the videos, you can see why. At this point, Ulrich sees the commercial opportunities for the seed-pod-copter as a potential way to quickly move satellites into the jet stream, and not for manned flight. Thank goodness for that.

[via NewScientist]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Advertisement

More from Awesomer Media...

Rick and Morty Exquisite Corpse: Enter the Animation Multiverse

Rick and Morty Exquisite Corpse: Enter the Animation Multiverse

Skybound Saga 2017 SDCC Exclusives

Skybound Saga 2017 SDCC Exclusives

Luxury Car Vending Machine

Luxury Car Vending Machine

Maharishi Travel Cagoule

Maharishi Travel Cagoule

A Day at the Track with Infiniti

A Day at the Track with Infiniti

All-new 2018 Buick Regal GS Looks Awesome, Packs 310 Horses

All-new 2018 Buick Regal GS Looks Awesome, Packs 310 Horses