Helicopter

Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

This week we've got a human-powered helicopter out there in the world that's flown a larger amount of time than any human-powered helicopter in the history of the world. This device is called the Gamera II, and is essentially a mass of metal, cables, and one human being. There are four rotor blades, the vehicle is 105 feet across, and the whole thing weighs in at just 71 pounds.

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Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

While more and more drones are finding their way into the hands of enthusiasts and being developed for different applications (including scary ones), researchers have developed a self-flying robot that can navigate using only an on-board camera and a small computer. They don’t need to be controlled via remote control, or require GPS, so once you program them with the necessary instructions, they can get from point A to B by themselves.

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Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

This week the folks at Swann have let loose information about three completely different remote controlled helicopters, each one more impressive and strange than the last. The first is the Sky Eye, which as its name suggests, has the ability to record flights with video or still photos to its built-in 512MB memory. Next there's the i-Fly Micro Lightening which can be controlled from your iPhone with a free app provided by Swann. Then there's the Black Swann which, like the Sky Eye, is able to record media, but here you've got a "stealth" helicopter instead of a "military."

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Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

It appears that the NYC East River is the new home of a Bell 206 helicopter that took off earlier today after launching from the pad it would normally take off from along the riverbank. This crash has claimed one life and injured four more, two of these passengers seriously injured. This chopper was a private vehicle and went into the water near 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. At the moment it seems that the only known reason for the crash was a possible mechanical failure.

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Police scramble chopper to stop rampaging stuffed tiger in Hampshire

Police scramble chopper to stop rampaging stuffed tiger in Hampshire

This could be a skit from Monty Python. Police in Hampshire, UK were scrambled when a citizen called in and reported a white tiger sitting menacingly in a field. The police being the right proper chaps they tend to be automatically scrambled a chopper and a team from the local zoo to tranq the beast and cart it off to a life behind bars. Then things went sideways a bit.

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Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

This week TiaLinx has unveiled its Phoenix 40-A unmanned hexacopter (helicopter with six blades) which can sense breathing and motion in buildings on the ground. This is the newest addition to the line of life-sensing bots that includes the Cougar20-H, a rolling ground-based robot that can detect breathing through a concrete wall. The US Army has provided development funding for this project.

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