World's First Human-Powered Ornithopter


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-6 1. lockandload commented 13 years ago

ornithopter sounds kinda shudve been called a flexiplane! :D
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+42 2. dave9191 commented 13 years ago

Shouldn't one of the conditions for human flight be unassisted take off? And how far can it fly under 'human' power once you take away the momentum from the car pulling it at take off?
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-8 3. carlos1818 commented 13 years ago

looks very untrue to me
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+4 4. sbrucecaboose commented 13 years ago

enough already--where is my jetson-esque flying scooter-mobile?
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+8 5. Highmeadow commented 13 years ago

#2 - if you recall, the images of man's first powered flight didn't look all that impressive either... it's the advancement in materials technology that has brought us to this point.
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+25 6. iShine commented 13 years ago

are u serious? i would never have guess that it would flap its wings. trluy...impossible is nothing!!!
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+2 7. chicodehumo commented 13 years ago

greattttttttttttt :) :) :) :)
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+4 8. Tehnol commented 13 years ago

#2, Ornis are powered by their flapping wings (as you can see) so when the tether was released, there would have been pedals or levers that the pilot powered, then a complex drivetrain ending in the flapping wings.
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+3 9. prankphonecall commented 13 years ago

cool idea, however, i'm not sure i see the use of such technology. Unless of course you like using a stairmaster inside a gladwrap/clingfilm bubble.
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+3 10. huldu commented 13 years ago

The main problem is the weight. The weight of these things needs to go down to such a level that they barely even exist. Only at that point will humans be able to really "fly". And by flying i mean taking off on your own and fly wherever you want just like if you were walking/running. Dont see that happening anytime soon however. Maybe a few generations down the road.
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0 11. PlayaX commented 13 years ago

very interesting... fly birdy, fly!! >:)
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+4 12. mmmendal commented 13 years ago

TBO when watching their youtube channel I felt like whenever the wings are flapped the craft goes down instead of up so I feel a bit uncertain about the success of this design however I still respect what they do.
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+5 13. Vintage4life commented 13 years ago

That's not human powered flight.
It's human powered controlled descent.
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+4 14. CrackrJak commented 13 years ago

.....I'm guessing there was a horrible failure right after the end of this video, Right ?
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+3 15. c2quad commented 13 years ago

Impossible=I'm Possible
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0 16. LQoQK commented 13 years ago

any one thought how "it" would land?
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-1 17. AdamODwyer2010 commented 13 years ago

#6 and #15 can u slam a revolving door?
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+2 18. LB187 commented 13 years ago

#17 Sure can!

Just stick a 2X4 in the door and wait... It shouldn't take long... >:)
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+5 19. Mourialaid commented 13 years ago

#13 Two rockstar drinks to the pilots, and it will go up :(|)