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(Popular Science)   Apparently, folks at the Pentagon watched Transformers and asked, "Hey, why can't WE do that with our trucks?"   (popsci.com) divider line 38
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2014-01-13 09:16:13 AM  
There's always a good PBF comic for everything:
pbfcomics.com
 
2014-01-13 09:16:27 AM  
Vehicles turning into other vehicles? Sounds more like M.A.S.K. than Transformers to me.
 
2014-01-13 09:17:47 AM  
Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.
 
2014-01-13 09:17:52 AM  
The Go Bot project?
 
2014-01-13 09:22:34 AM  
So vehicle and helicopter? So, it's Springer.

cdn2-b.examiner.com
 
2014-01-13 09:27:49 AM  

Millennium: Vehicles turning into other vehicles? Sounds more like M.A.S.K. than Transformers to me.


Get off my 80's lawn dammit!
 
2014-01-13 09:34:48 AM  

strangeluck: Millennium: Vehicles turning into other vehicles? Sounds more like M.A.S.K. than Transformers to me.

Get off my 80's lawn dammit!


This.
 
2014-01-13 09:36:42 AM  

Millennium: Vehicles turning into other vehicles? Sounds more like M.A.S.K. than Transformers to me.


I remember some epic battles of M.A.S.K./Autobots vs. V.E.N.O.M./Decpticons back in my childhood...
 
2014-01-13 09:45:13 AM  
They probably can but it would cost the tax payers a billion dollars a truck.
 
2014-01-13 09:47:08 AM  

Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.


In other words, you don't understand how the Osprey works, nor how helicopters work. Got it.You also don't seem to understand that the Osprey's issues or fixed, nor that this is remotely operated.

All you seem to ubnderstand id that you really, REALLY wanted to post something about this story.
 
2014-01-13 09:49:03 AM  

Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.


derp
 
2014-01-13 10:03:52 AM  
War is Racket by Smedley Butler
 
2014-01-13 10:20:03 AM  

2CountyFairs: So vehicle and helicopter? So, it's Springer.

[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 218x350]


JERRY!
JERRY!
JERRY!
JERRY!
 
2014-01-13 10:51:01 AM  

Mikey1969: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.

In other words, you don't understand how the Osprey works, nor how helicopters work. Got it.You also don't seem to understand that the Osprey's issues or fixed, nor that this is remotely operated.

All you seem to ubnderstand id that you really, REALLY wanted to post something about this story.


Seems to me his comment is perfectly cromulent.  He (she/it) didn't compare it to what is now the Osprey. He's referring to the lives lost when the Osprey was deployed before it was really ready for production. Early on, there were several high-profile cases. Combined with the relatively large carrying capacity, it made for some very large, very tragic crashes.  VTOL flight  seems like a no-brainer, strap-on capability. But in practice it's a very difficult balancing act that is working against some of the most complex variables (gravity is easy, but rotational torque, debris, air-vortices, vibration).  And no, I'm not a helicopter pilot, or any kind of pilot, but you don't need a pilot's license to know a complex system when you see it. Not that it can't work, but it takes more work than arbitrary deadlines usually allow for.
 
2014-01-13 11:05:17 AM  

RobotSpider: Mikey1969: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.

In other words, you don't understand how the Osprey works, nor how helicopters work. Got it.You also don't seem to understand that the Osprey's issues or fixed, nor that this is remotely operated.

All you seem to ubnderstand id that you really, REALLY wanted to post something about this story.

Seems to me his comment is perfectly cromulent.  He (she/it) didn't compare it to what is now the Osprey. He's referring to the lives lost when the Osprey was deployed before it was really ready for production. Early on, there were several high-profile cases. Combined with the relatively large carrying capacity, it made for some very large, very tragic crashes.  VTOL flight  seems like a no-brainer, strap-on capability. But in practice it's a very difficult balancing act that is working against some of the most complex variables (gravity is easy, but rotational torque, debris, air-vortices, vibration).  And no, I'm not a helicopter pilot, or any kind of pilot, but you don't need a pilot's license to know a complex system when you see it. Not that it can't work, but it takes more work than arbitrary deadlines usually allow for.


AND ONCE AGAIN, IT IS A REMOTELY OPERATED PLATFORM.

Sorry to yell, but apparently that being in TFA and my comment seems to have gone unnoticed. They can test away, with all kinds of simulated loads, without a single human life being in danger, except in the manufacturing process and maybe having one fall on someone or run someone over. Besides, the Osprey was having issues when transitioning from the VTOL mode to regular flight mode. Helicopter platforms don't work like that. This doesn't have a huge set of props that lift it up and then have to rotate forward and provide forward thrust to provide lift before gravity takes over.
 
2014-01-13 11:11:26 AM  

Mikey1969: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.


BLAH BLAH BLAH AD HOMINEM....

*PLONK*
 
2014-01-13 11:16:39 AM  
Meh....We are already there. Just use one of those automated K-Max deals to drop in an Oshkosh Terramax from the DARPA world.
 
2014-01-13 11:24:51 AM  

Bslim: Mikey1969: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.

BLAH BLAH BLAH AD HOMINEM....

*PLONK*


Wow, so not only did you not read TFA, nor do you understand anything about why the Osprey accidents happened in the first place, you also don't understand "Ad Hominem".

How do you manage to successfully manage to log into Fark in the first place? I'm rather impressed.
 
2014-01-13 12:00:57 PM  
You stole the headline from Digg, submitter. You know that, right?
 
2014-01-13 12:18:32 PM  

olapbill: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.

derp


Shhh, you'll make them self conscious.
 
2014-01-13 12:22:09 PM  
Whoever designed that thing is retarded.  ...I hesitate to begin describing the reasons why or I might end up wondering where the day went.
 
2014-01-13 12:29:55 PM  
WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.
 
2014-01-13 12:46:30 PM  

Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.


You should read up on test pilot deaths since WWII.
 
2014-01-13 01:22:58 PM  

No Such Agency: WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.


Test vehicles are rarely loaded down with armor in initial phases.  The 1300hp motors and retractable claws that can snatch human victims in the blink of an eye will come later.  Also the lasers.
 
2014-01-13 01:44:49 PM  
How does it transform? I see a flying bus with no transforming.
 
2014-01-13 01:50:00 PM  

Buggar: No Such Agency: WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.

Test vehicles are rarely loaded down with armor in initial phases.  The 1300hp motors and retractable claws that can snatch human victims in the blink of an eye will come later.  Also the lasers.


Claws? I thought this was supposed to be an ambulance?! But seriously, armor has to be limited on a flying vehicle, and those rotors would still be pretty exposed. I guess it'd still be handy in secured urban areas behind the front line though
 
2014-01-13 02:05:25 PM  
Can someone please show Pacific Rim to these pentagon people?
 
2014-01-13 02:07:30 PM  

No Such Agency: Buggar: No Such Agency: WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.

Test vehicles are rarely loaded down with armor in initial phases.  The 1300hp motors and retractable claws that can snatch human victims in the blink of an eye will come later.  Also the lasers.

Claws? I thought this was supposed to be an ambulance?! But seriously, armor has to be limited on a flying vehicle, and those rotors would still be pretty exposed. I guess it'd still be handy in secured urban areas behind the front line though


It's a prototype Doc Wagon, hope you you have your Obamacare Gold Card uptodate.

/Worst part about Cyberpunk is that it came true
/Best part about Cyberpunk is that it came true
 
2014-01-13 02:11:29 PM  
::Shrug::

I thought we already had the most important part of Transformers...

static1.wikia.nocookie.net

bentcorner.com
 
2014-01-13 02:13:54 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: No Such Agency: Buggar: No Such Agency: WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.

Test vehicles are rarely loaded down with armor in initial phases.  The 1300hp motors and retractable claws that can snatch human victims in the blink of an eye will come later.  Also the lasers.

Claws? I thought this was supposed to be an ambulance?! But seriously, armor has to be limited on a flying vehicle, and those rotors would still be pretty exposed. I guess it'd still be handy in secured urban areas behind the front line though

It's a prototype Doc Wagon, hope you you have your Obamacare Gold Card uptodate.

/Worst part about Cyberpunk is that it came true
/Best part about Cyberpunk is that it came true


And "The future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed" - W. Gibson.

/for example, I can't trim all the quoted comments when I'm posting from my tablet. Barbarism...
 
2014-01-13 03:12:51 PM  

2CountyFairs: So vehicle and helicopter? So, it's Springer.


New and improved:

tfwiki.net
 
2014-01-13 03:40:38 PM  
Will This Helicopter Truck Fly get shot the fark outta the sky?
 
2014-01-13 04:18:56 PM  

RobotSpider: Mikey1969: Bslim: Why don't they ask some of the Ospreys victims relatives how that actually works out.

In other words, you don't understand how the Osprey works, nor how helicopters work. Got it.You also don't seem to understand that the Osprey's issues or fixed, nor that this is remotely operated.

All you seem to ubnderstand id that you really, REALLY wanted to post something about this story.

Seems to me his comment is perfectly cromulent.  He (she/it) didn't compare it to what is now the Osprey. He's referring to the lives lost when the Osprey was deployed before it was really ready for production. Early on, there were several high-profile cases. Combined with the relatively large carrying capacity, it made for some very large, very tragic crashes.  VTOL flight  seems like a no-brainer, strap-on capability. But in practice it's a very difficult balancing act that is working against some of the most complex variables (gravity is easy, but rotational torque, debris, air-vortices, vibration).  And no, I'm not a helicopter pilot, or any kind of pilot, but you don't need a pilot's license to know a complex system when you see it. Not that it can't work, but it takes more work than arbitrary deadlines usually allow for.


But Battlefield Earth told me that VTOL would be perfectly functional a thousand years in the future with no maintenance! It's a simple system! Unless you're going to tell me that L Ron Hubbard doesn't know his stuff.
 
2014-01-13 04:33:44 PM  
When I would play Legos as a kid I would build a truck and then stick a bunch of rotors on it and pretend it could fly.
 
2014-01-13 06:10:35 PM  

No Such Agency: WOW SOMEONE HAD AN INTERESTING IDEA, LET ME CRAP ALL OVER IT FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEMEN-STAINED COMPUTER DESK IN MOM'S BASEMENT. MY COMMON SENSE IS CLEARLY WORTH MORE THAN THE PENTAGON'S CRACK ENGINEERS.

Actually my main questions about this would be regarding survivability. It looks very vulnerable to being crippled by fairly light arms fire.


I am not an engineer nor in the military, but this gizmo looks vulnerable.
 
2014-01-13 07:02:40 PM  
America, I am disappoint....Military engineers just found out about Legos.

If it can fly, it doesn't need to drive.

Put the rotors on an armored shipping container, that's it, no wheels. Done.
 
2014-01-13 08:14:37 PM  

gestug: How does it transform? I see a flying bus with no transforming.


Yeah...slightly retracting the rotors doesn't sound like a transformation.  But hey, when has reality had anything to do with marketing?
 
2014-01-13 08:25:11 PM  

Emposter: gestug: How does it transform? I see a flying bus with no transforming.

Yeah...slightly retracting the rotors doesn't sound like a transformation.  But hey, when has reality had anything to do with marketing?


I would market it as the partridge family van, retrofitted with supersonic spinning flowers.

/I wouldn't
//A-team??
 
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