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(Gizmodo)   These guys put a GoPro camera inside a running airplane jet engine because, what can go wrong, right?   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 43
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2013-12-30 08:38:38 AM
That had potential- too bad the person editing the video had ADD
 
2013-12-30 09:08:55 AM

mr_a: That had potential- too bad the person editing the video had ADD


Also because the video is 5 minutes and has ~5 seconds of the inside of an engine.
 
2013-12-30 09:23:41 AM
I prefered the clouds shots, especially the closing one.

/I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!
 
2013-12-30 09:53:49 AM
If by a running engine you mean a not running engine than yea sure.

Thank could have been a really cool video, but then it wasn't.
 
2013-12-30 09:57:54 AM
My life has been changed by this.
 
2013-12-30 10:17:36 AM

Chabash: My life has been changed by this.


Changed as in its now 5 minutes into the future?
 
2013-12-30 10:23:07 AM
I feel bad for the guy who had to climb out onto the wing and reach his hand into the moving engine just to turn it off before landing.
 
2013-12-30 10:26:08 AM

MindStalker: Chabash: My life has been changed by this.

Changed as in its now 5 minutes into the future?


That's the only positive thing I can take away from it, yes.
 
2013-12-30 10:36:48 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: If by a running engine you mean a not running engine than yea sure.

Thank could have been a really cool video, but then it wasn't.


X2
 
2013-12-30 10:53:04 AM

Odoriferous Queef: To The Escape Zeppelin!: If by a running engine you mean a not running engine than yea sure.

Thank could have been a really cool video, but then it wasn't.

X2


x3

I figured it was going to be a go pro stuck in an aerodynamic housing somewhere after the stators and beyond the intake for the jet turbine on the high bypass side. I could see one being able to survive a flight there and getting some really cool footage. But then it wasn't.
 
2013-12-30 11:00:07 AM
Is this the thread where people point out that video was bad and the submitter should feel bad?
 
2013-12-30 11:10:18 AM
At least there was a cool wake vortex shot at the end. Other than that it was kinda meh.
 
2013-12-30 11:32:35 AM
What could go wrong?

It could be edited in such a manner as to be horribly boring.
 
2013-12-30 11:33:08 AM
"These guys put a GoPro camera inside a running airplane jet engine hairdryer because, what can go wrong, right?"

FTFY
 
2013-12-30 12:02:36 PM

AgentPothead: Is this the thread where people point out that video was bad and the submitter should feel bad?


Yes, yes it is.
 
ecl
2013-12-30 12:44:26 PM
i.qkme.me
 
2013-12-30 12:52:59 PM

Flab: I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!


It's a magical place.
 
2013-12-30 01:10:45 PM
MadMattressMack:I figured it was going to be a go pro stuck in an aerodynamic housing somewhere after the stators and beyond the intake for the jet turbine on the high bypass side. I could see one being able to survive a flight there and getting some really cool footage. But then it wasn't.

Putting it on the inlet hub would have been entertaining as it started to spin up, but probably slightly smeared after that.
 
2013-12-30 01:12:23 PM

MadMattressMack: Odoriferous Queef: To The Escape Zeppelin!: If by a running engine you mean a not running engine than yea sure.

Thank could have been a really cool video, but then it wasn't.

X2

x3

I figured it was going to be a go pro stuck in an aerodynamic housing somewhere after the stators and beyond the intake for the jet turbine on the high bypass side. I could see one being able to survive a flight there and getting some really cool footage. But then it wasn't.


I was thinking similar, and also how the airline was going to react at them tempting fate with a $2M jet engine for a 5 minute youtube clip...
 
2013-12-30 01:30:08 PM

Flab: I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!


Just make sure you don't get sick in the South Pacific. I still have nightmares of the craptacular hospital in Tahiti.
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/no one speaks a word of English, including the doctors or nurses, the tap water isn't potable, and as you can see in the above photo, nothing is electronic either
//had to get the US Consulate & State Department involved for clearances medivac me back to the USA for medical care.
 
2013-12-30 01:31:43 PM
Also, the original version/edit of the official GoPro video + song is much, much better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3PDXmYoF5U
 
2013-12-30 01:36:42 PM

MrSteve007: Flab: I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!

Just make sure you don't get sick in the South Pacific. I still have nightmares of the craptacular hospital in Tahiti.
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/no one speaks a word of English, including the doctors or nurses, the tap water isn't potable, and as you can see in the above photo, nothing is electronic either
//had to get the US Consulate & State Department involved for clearances medivac me back to the USA for medical care.


That tends to happen when you travel to places where the locals don't have English as a primary language.
 
2013-12-30 01:53:31 PM

MrSteve007: Flab: I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!

Just make sure you don't get sick in the South Pacific. I still have nightmares of the craptacular hospital in Tahiti.
[scontent-a-pao.xx.fbcdn.net image 538x717]
/no one speaks a word of English, including the doctors or nurses, the tap water isn't potable, and as you can see in the above photo, nothing is electronic either
//had to get the US Consulate & State Department involved for clearances medivac me back to the USA for medical care.


Do you think you'll ever get over Macho Grande?
 
2013-12-30 02:41:26 PM

MrSteve007: /no one speaks a word of English, including the doctors or nurses, the tap water isn't potable, and as you can see in the above photo, nothing is electronic either


Oh Dear Lord Almighty!  The nurses had to set the IV drip rates by hand, using their watches and counting drops/min, something they all learned in nursing school, rather than being 6 huddled around an electronic IV-drip trying to remember how to program it.  Poor you.

I kid, mostly.  Tahiti may technically be part of France, but it's still the third world.  That room looks very clean and the equipment looks relatively new and in good shape, even if it's not wifi-enabled and controllable by iPad.
 
2013-12-30 02:47:27 PM

MrSteve007: Flab: I also want to go to Tahiti, real bad!

Just make sure you don't get sick in the South Pacific. I still have nightmares of the craptacular hospital in Tahiti.
[scontent-a-pao.xx.fbcdn.net image 538x717]
/no one speaks a word of English, including the doctors or nurses, the tap water isn't potable, and as you can see in the above photo, nothing is electronic either
//had to get the US Consulate & State Department involved for clearances medivac me back to the USA for medical care.


As far as hospitals go that doesn't look too bad. I ended up taking my friend to hospital in eastern Ecuador when he collapsed. He spent a week in a hospital that looked like it escaped from 1950. He developed an insect allergy while he was in there and they didn't have epipens so they gave him a vial of what I think was epinephrine and a leather case to hold needles. My girlfriend who was a vet had to show him how to inject himself. The doctors were nice though.

He had actually been a tour guide in Africa and once had to leave a woman in a hospital in Sudan after she developed cerebral malaria. They stuck around for two weeks waiting for her family to arrive and to make sure she was taken care of but they had to leave her eventually as she could barely stand let alone travel.
 
2013-12-30 02:48:28 PM
Could've been a cool video, but that awful music killed it.
 
2013-12-30 02:57:24 PM
I just become claustrophobic watching the guy climb into that hole in the plane.
 
2013-12-30 03:04:20 PM

netgamer7k: Could've been a cool video, but that awful music killed it.


I find it's just best policy to keep everything I view on the Internet muted unless I really need to hear the voice-over.
 
2013-12-30 03:19:10 PM

Flab: Oh Dear Lord Almighty! The nurses had to set the IV drip rates by hand, using their watches and counting drops/min, something they all learned in nursing school, rather than being 6 huddled around an electronic IV-drip trying to remember how to program it.

Poor you.I kid, mostly. Tahiti may technically be part of France, but it's still the third world. That room looks very clean and the equipment looks relatively new and in good shape, even if it's not wifi-enabled and controllable by iPad.


Indeed, the hospital itself was brand new, however the features were more than simply lacking. As you can see in the above photo, they stuck the IV into me while I still had my t-shirt on. I got to lay there, sweat drenched for 3-days before I was able to get the IV removed and some form of gown. The hospital doesn't supply any form of pillows or covers (we had to 'steal' an extra bed cover to use as a sheet.) There wasn't any form of A/C or heat - so the humid environment got pretty nasty. I shared a room with a local who had some issue with his colostomy bag, which didn't add to the tropical environment. Doctors don't work on Sunday, and most of the nurses take that day off too. The daily amount of water I got was three of those small water bottles (as seen in the photo), and as I said before, the tap water wasn't safe to drink. The curdled milk they gave me for breakfast and rotten 'meat' for dinner wasn't exactly the greatest either.

The problem was that I needed an ultrasound. Once we were able to communicate, I was told that they were trying to get me time with one. They told me, day-after-day: "Oh, we plan to have the ultrasound for you by noon." After the 5th day, they simply said: "You're going to need to go to the US to be treated, we can't diagnose you, there's nothing we can do for you. Here's some pain killers, good luck." Oh, and before you can leave the hospital and country, here's your $12,000 bill for use of our bed and no diagnosis. That hospital is the only major medical facility for thousands of miles in any direction.

I spent a total of about 10-days, barely conscious, between the morphine, oxycodone and septic shock - the doctors in the USA were quite surprised that I survived the ordeal, let alone was able to make the ~14 hour flight back. What Tahiti couldn't do in 10-days, I got in 10-minutes once I walked into a real hospital. They had me prepped for emergency surgery within two hours, at 3am, the weekend before Christmas.

Unfortunately, because of the shiattacular "care" of Tahiti's hospital, they had to cut off my left testicle, due to a necrotic infection that developed via a torsion. If you want to know pain, think about having your testicle squeezed in a vice, for 10-days. The docs said it was effectively the pain of childbirth and combined with the raging infection, should have killed me.

So yeah, fark Tahiti.
 
2013-12-30 03:30:11 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: That tends to happen when you travel to places where the locals don't have English as a primary language.


I've traveled fairly extensively. Throughout all of Europe, Central America, Northern Africa, the Arctic, and the South Pacific. With exception of Tahiti, everywhere I went, I'd meet locals who could understand and speak basic English (people in Iceland speak better English than 99% of Americans).

No one there understood a lick of English or Spanish. One would think that hemisphere's main hospital, in a tourist town - who's economy is based almost entirely on tourism, would have someone who could translate the world's 2nd most widely spoken language.
 
2013-12-30 03:43:39 PM

MrSteve007: they had to cut off my left testicle, due to a necrotic infection that developed via a torsion. If you want to know pain, think about having your testicle squeezed in a vice, for 10-days.


Been there. Done that.  However not for 10 days.  It apparently untwisted itself and didn't die of blood starvation.  But that bottle of vicodin became my best friend for a week.

MrSteve007: One would think that hemisphere's main hospital, in a tourist town - who's economy is based almost entirely on tourism, would have someone who could translate the world's 2nd most widely spoken language.


You don't understand the French.  They believe that the World revolves around them (since it mostly did for about 500 years), and you should therefore make the effort to speak their language.  Not the other way around.

/Just like Americans, actually. ;-)
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-30 05:19:35 PM
what can go wrong

If you put a camera in a running airplane jet engine, the worst thing that happens is it bumps into the turbine blades, which break loose, fly out, and shred anybody in the vicinity. There was a fatal airline accident when a pilot played "what does this button do?" and caused one of his engines to overspeed, sending a turbine blade into the cabin.
 
2013-12-30 05:51:59 PM
I'm curious... how the hell does the plane do the Stick Shaker in case of a stall if what the pilot uses now is a small joystick.
 
2013-12-30 05:55:30 PM

ZAZ: what can go wrong

If you put a camera in a running airplane jet engine, the worst thing that happens is it bumps into the turbine blades, which break loose, fly out, and shred anybody in the vicinity. There was a fatal airline accident when a pilot played "what does this button do?" and caused one of his engines to overspeed, sending a turbine blade into the cabin.


I once knew a guy who was a test engineer for Rolls-Royce.  He says he got the following warning when entering the test cell control room:

- See that light?  If it's yellow, you safely slow down the engine until it goes green again.  If it's flashing red, you hit the emergency shut off button.  If it goes solid red, the door is over there, you have 10 seconds!

He also showed me a picture of the test cell wall (concrete!) of another faciliy that looked like a porcupine with all the blade parts embedded in it.
 
2013-12-30 05:57:10 PM

Dinobot: I'm curious... how the hell does the plane do the Stick Shaker in case of a stall if what the pilot uses now is a small joystick.


The plane replies "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid you can't do that!"  See also, the Air France Rio-Paris filght that went sploosh in the Atlantic
 
2013-12-30 07:02:55 PM

ZAZ: what can go wrong

If you put a camera in a running airplane jet engine, the worst thing that happens is it bumps into the turbine blades, which break loose, fly out, and shred anybody in the vicinity. There was a fatal airline accident when a pilot played "what does this button do?" and caused one of his engines to overspeed, sending a turbine blade into the cabin.


The Camera wouldn't make it into the combustion chamber, and would probably be shredded in the compressor.  The worst that could happen is it gets caught in the compressor stators, which would cause a rotating stall, that would then propagate into a cycling surge.  Those are fun because it reverses the airflow in the compressor, which causes flames to shoot out the front of the engine.  The airflow will oscillate back and forth causing the whole engine to shudder violently.  This causes the engine to break apart.  Then you get a turbine disk that breaks free from the engine which turns into a flying death wheel with about 50 turbine blades spinning at a few thousand rpm which goes flying right into the passenger compartment shredding anything it comes into contact with.

Probably a good move they stuck with fan shots in the bypass flow area.
 
2013-12-30 07:07:21 PM

Flab: ZAZ: what can go wrong

If you put a camera in a running airplane jet engine, the worst thing that happens is it bumps into the turbine blades, which break loose, fly out, and shred anybody in the vicinity. There was a fatal airline accident when a pilot played "what does this button do?" and caused one of his engines to overspeed, sending a turbine blade into the cabin.

I once knew a guy who was a test engineer for Rolls-Royce.  He says he got the following warning when entering the test cell control room:

- See that light?  If it's yellow, you safely slow down the engine until it goes green again.  If it's flashing red, you hit the emergency shut off button.  If it goes solid red, the door is over there, you have 10 seconds!

He also showed me a picture of the test cell wall (concrete!) of another faciliy that looked like a porcupine with all the blade parts embedded in it.


This reminds me of the story about the first fan blade out test for a kevlar wrapped fan case at Pratt & Whitney.  At the time they were still allowing observers in the test chamber during the test.  The kevlar worked so well that the fan blade bounced off it with such force that it just started bouncing around inside the fan case breaking off other blades in its path.  The engine was torn off its test pylon and started bouncing around the chamber.  They stopped letting people watch from inside the chamber after that.
 
2013-12-30 07:09:05 PM
The "engine" shot looked like they stuck the camera to the fan blades and then just spun the fan around by hand.  Cool idea.

It's always fun watching professionals at play.
 
2013-12-30 08:36:08 PM
So...the camera wasn't inside the jet engine..
 
2013-12-30 08:42:27 PM

MrSteve007: Just make sure you don't get sick in the South Pacific. I still have nightmares of the craptacular hospital in Tahiti


Looks like they don't even have pillow technology
 
2013-12-30 11:28:45 PM

larkmaj: ZAZ: what can go wrong

Probably a good move they stuck with fan shots in the bypass flow area.


and apparently during a maintenance procedure, probably with the engine being gently rotated by the air starter from a ground based supply.  The (one of the) camera(s?) did rotate for about 1.374 seconds in the Fine video.  I think they gave it a wee puff from the maintenance compressor and then let it coast down before anything could get too exciting.
 
2013-12-30 11:37:39 PM
An old family friend was a Westinghouse engineer when they were playing with high speed gas turbines. Happy tales of things like, "they made sure we put our id tags in our boots", made an impression on me 30+ years ago. Apparently the phrase "turbine coupling failure" means something.
 
2013-12-31 01:20:18 AM

MrSteve007: No one there understood a lick of English or Spanish. One would think that hemisphere's main hospital, in a tourist town - who's economy is based almost entirely on tourism, would have someone who could translate the world's 2nd most widely spoken language.


More importantly, English is the world's most broadly spoken language, and the language of international business. More people speak Chinese, but the world's Chinese speakers are pretty much entirely confined to China. Thanks to the British Empire, US economic power, and the structural versatility and flexibility of the language itself, English is the dominant international language, and you'll be able to find relatively fluent speakers pretty much anywhere on Earth.

Except Tahiti, apparently.

\ Of course, the dominant international language used to be French.
\\ Latin before that.
\\\ It'll be Klingon soon.
\V Not really.
 
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