Stephen_Falken: what's with the going in cricles?
Stephen_Falken: what's with the going in circles?
kdawg7736: That can kill someone if it hit somebody.
gopher321: Look Mummy, there's an unpowered drone up in the sky
WTP 2: the video was not sped up....co could you slow it down so i could see it ????
ArcadianRefugee: WTP 2: the video was not sped up....co could you slow it down so i could see it ????[Fark user image 440x275]
MonstarMike: It's a "sailplane".
WTP 2: ArcadianRefugee: WTP 2: the video was not sped up....co could you slow it down so i could see it ????[Fark user image 440x275]yep i knew about it and tried it, the thing just disappears.
BuckTurgidson: MonstarMike: It's a "sailplane".No, it's Becky.
MonstarMike: every circle.
radinator: I'm a (full sized) glider pilot, and have always wondered if someone would eventually use this technique with the edge of the jet stream to fly from North America to Europe. These guys siphoned the energy for speed, but an aircraft that just uses it to maintain altitude might not have so rough a ride. Truthfully, I imagine not for several reasons:1. The transition isn't as sharp.2. One mistake and you drop out and are out over the North Atlantic with no engine.3. A human getting tired.However, I image that a well-trained 'expert system' AI could possibly do it with an automated glider. That is something I do expect will eventually happen.
PainInTheASP: The video made me airsick and I'm sitting in my living room. WTF?
moike: Resident Muslim:No offense to Moike, sounds like a boring hobby* but a fantastic science experiment./*if all you do is circle, which I don't think is the case//most people find other people's hobbies boring///wait...is watching Netflix a hobby?None taken, boring was kind of the attraction of flying gliders. I'd set up my lawnchair on the edge of a slope, toss the glider out, and I could just lazily ride the updraft along the ridges and stay in the sky till the batteries powering the receiver started to get low (hours at a time).But that was poking along at 20mph on average.The dynamic soaring I did was something that only happened once in a while, wind conditions had to be right, and even with all my practice I could at my best only string together a dozen consecutive laps at speed before I'd make a mistake or my concentration would simply be fried. I doubt my D/S glider (NCFM Bluto)ever did more than 200mph in any of my sessions.Every time I messed around with dynamic soaring I had to be totally fine with the fact that I'd likely destroy whatever I was flying in the process. And my expensive composite glider I spent hours building would come home in a trash bag. A sacrifice to the God of Speed.That fact sitting in the back of my brain made dynamic soaring the very opposite of boring for me.
dyhchong: It's not really "unpowered" if it has a power source. It's only as "unpowered" as those Australian solar powered cars, or a pirate ship.
Resident Muslim: /*if all you do is circle, which I don't think is the case
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