Caption: Mineralbad BBStephan ZirwesRelated GalleriesAlways Moving?This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take ApartDreamy Photos That Will Put Your Instagram Filters to Shame$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving RobotsThis Trippy Looking Building Is Modeled After a Sand DollarMeet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de JaneiroStephan Zirwes has a thing for aerial photography.He loves seeing the patterns in mundane places like golf courses, soccer fields and swimming pools.Pools often have nice structures and sometimes also strange designs, he says.Revealing these designs required caaaaarefully shooting his Hasseblad 50Mp from the window of a helicopter hovering 1,000 feet above pools in cities throughout southern Germany.Zirwes uses Photoshop to eliminate distractions like buildings and make a patterned frame of the surrounding title, transforming an ordinary swimming pool into a lovely minimalist scene.
Andreas Heddergott/DHLEarlier this year, a small robotic helicopter flying through the Bavarian Alps made more than 100 deliveries between two villages that are within yodeling distance of each other but so far from anything else that they may as well be on Mars.The little drone that could flew from one Skyport to another at 45 mph, turning into a half-hour slog by truck into an eight-minute hop.The German shipping company started experimenting with drones in 2013, sending small parcels across the Rhine on a quadcopter.It s got a six-foot wingspan, a payload of 4.5 pounds and a Vmax of 80 mph.Reit im Winkl sits on the border of Germany and Austria, with Alm some 1,600 feet above it.The system made 130 flights between January and March, sticking to a route that steered clear of homes and businesses.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fstory%2fthumbnail%2f9438%2fhttps 3a 2f 2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com 2fuploads 2fcard 2fimage 2f94321 2fexph-0726-10The hybrid aircraft is an advanced version of the Airbus' Eurocopter X3, which is currently under development and set an unofficial record in 2013 for the world's fastest helicopter, attaining a top speed of 263 knots — or about 303 miles per hour — in a descent.That's still much slower than a commercial jet, but for a helicopter, it's greased lightning."Airbus' Eurocopter X3 is the fastest helicopter in the world," said Deepak Gupta of PatentYogi, which made the above video to demonstrate the patent's ideas.Airbus' "compound helicopter" is capable of reaching high speeds due to its fixed airplane components.When pilots want to attain higher speeds, they bring the aircraft to a low pitch, essentially converting the helicopter into a plane.Another unique feature of the hybrid helicopter is its absence of a tail rotor.
Airbus is trying take high speed helicopters to whole new level.Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved an application last month from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound helicopter.The patented design is a yet-unnamed development of the company's revolutionary X3 experimental helicopter that first flew in 2010.The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' formerly known as Eurocopter high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter H3 initiative.During testing, the X3 managed to reach to 293 mph — making it the fastest non-tilt-rotor helicopter in the world.The new patent offers a development on the original X3 design.What makes the new aircraft a compound helicopter are is pair of wing-mounted engines with pusher propellers in addition to the conventional main rotor.This design eliminates the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque of the main rotor.A helicopter with additional pusher or puller propellers is far from new and various versions have been flying for decades.However, a helicopter with this layout and such high performance is quite novel.This means the patented helicopter will likely be significantly faster than the record-setting X3.This new patent could also be the latest development of the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor-Craft or LifeRCraft to which Airbus Helicopters hinted in 2014.It is unclear if the patented compound helicopter will ever see production in its current guise.Here's a video about the new patent courtesy of PatentYogi:NOW WATCH: These are the best, highest-paying companies in AmericaLoading video...
While the last month or so has seen some difficult times in the game world of The Division, mostly in the form of players discovering exploits and developer Massive's controversial decision to punish them, another free content update is landing this week before publisher Ubisoft moves on to the paid DLC releases.Titled "Conflict," update 1.2 will introduce a new enemy challenge, as well as some important changes to the Dark Zone, The Division's multiplayer area where players must fend for themselves against anyone and everyone.What most players are looking forward to is the new Incursion mission, and Conflict won't disappoint.Moving on to the Dark Zone.When players finish in this area, they must summon a helicopter to extract all the rewards they've earned or stolen from others .The update will the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of The Division on Tuesday, May 24th.
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Airbus has filed a patent update to its experimental hybrid X3 helicopter — the world's fastest chopper that can soar through the skies at speeds of 293mph by using innovative aeroplane-like, wing-mounted propellers.The aerospace manufacturer has been secretly working on its high-speed hybrid helicopter X3 design for years, which was previously known as the Eurocopter X3 with its first flight taking place back in 2010.What makes this aircraft so special is its revolutionary compound design that uses a traditional main rotor for vertical take-off but also wing propellers you'd see on an aeroplane.This newly filed patent looks to update to its design by placing the motors behind the wings rather than at the front "which results in comfort by reducing noise and vibrations and increased passenger safety" according to the patent granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.It also goes on to say that the new propeller positions will help increase the amount of lift and offer "considerable advantages" for aerodynamics.Having a chopper that can hit high-speeds for long distances could be a huge advantage for military missions and medical evacuations as well as changing the landscape for business travel.
The revolutionary concept design shows a helicopter that at high speeds would utilise two extra rear-facing propellers.Described by Airbus as a Compound Helicopter , the alien design would allow the vehicle to travel at speeds of up to around 300 mph.ASSOCIATED PRESSTo put that into perspective the fastest commercially available helicopter is the massive CH-47 Chinook which has a top speed of just under 200 mph.There are in fact helicopters which already utilising the concept of having side-mounted propellers such as Eurocopter s experimental X3.ASSOCIATED PRESSWhat makes the Compound Helicopter different from the X3 is that the X3 s propellers are forward facing, while the Compound design has them mounted at the rear.The Compound also has a more complete wing structure which would allow for better lift and smoother aerodynamic flight.
The world s largest operator of helicopters expects energy-related work to decline further and on Thursday said for the first time that it may cancel some orders for new aircraft.Bristow Group Inc. BRS -25.78 % s Chief Executive Jonathan Baliff said continuing uncertainty had forced it to shelve plans to provide full-year profit guidance, as oil and gas companies cut back on exploration and production, reducing demand for helicopter flights.Helicopter operators business is a leading indicator of activity in the energy industry, and Houston-based Bristow is one of two companies serving the global market ferrying workers to and from offshore energy platforms.The other, CHC Group Ltd HELIQ 1.77 % , filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.Bristow derives three quarters of its revenue from the energy industry, and its revenue from that sector fell 29% in the fiscal fourth quarter to Mar.Bristow plans to return some helicopters to lessors when leases expire and has been in talks with manufacturers to defer some deliveries, but Mr. Baliff said during a post-earnings call with analysts that cancellations were a possibility.
New Horizons may be millions of miles beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt right now, but that hasn t stopped the spacecraft from continuing to beam back glorious imagery of its encounter with our solar system s weirdest little ice world.The video below stitches together all of the highest-resolution images captured by New Horizons as it zipped past Pluto on July 14th, 2015.From a distance of 9,850 miles 15,850 kilometers , the spacecraft s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager achieved a resolution of 260 feet 80 meters per pixel across a 55 mile-wide strip of the dwarf planet s encounter hemisphere.From cratered uplands to craggy badlands to blocky plains of nitrogen ice, Pluto s rugged and diverse surface pops to life as if you re cruising overhead in a helicopter.Unless somebody funds another trip to Pluto, these are the best images of the three billion mile-distant world we re going to see in our lifetimes.As scientists continue to study the wealth of data collected by New Horizons, we can expect to reveal more of Pluto s incredible secrets for years to come.
New Horizons may be millions of miles beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt right now, but that hasn t stopped the spacecraft from continuing to beam back glorious imagery of its encounter with our solar system s weirdest little ice world.The video below stitches together all of the highest-resolution images captured by New Horizons as it zipped past Pluto on July 14th, 2015.From a distance of 9,850 miles 15,850 kilometers , the spacecraft s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager achieved a resolution of 260 feet 80 meters per pixel across a 55 mile-wide strip of the dwarf planet s encounter hemisphere.From cratered uplands to craggy badlands to blocky plains of nitrogen ice, Pluto s rugged and diverse surface pops to life as if you re cruising overhead in a helicopter.Unless somebody funds another trip to Pluto, these are the best images of the three billion mile-distant world we re going to see in our lifetimes.As scientists continue to study the wealth of data collected by New Horizons, we can expect to reveal more of Pluto s incredible secrets for years to come.
MSB and SGU has decided to air an inventory of Öland's water resources. As a result of the glaring lack of groundwater on the island of Öland, the MSB and SGU now decided to take stock of the island's water supplies from the air. This fall, a survey done by helicopter to see whether, and if so where, it is possible to make further withdrawals of groundwater. Groundwater levels in southeastern Sweden is now a record low, perhaps most of Oland where, for example Mörbylånga forced to carry large amounts of fresh water trucked over Ölandsbron to solve the water supply. The flight geological surveys cost 3.5 million crowns plus some own efforts SGU contribute. Get the news you're going to talk about in your Facebook feed - like Metro Sweden
New Horizons may be millions of miles beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt right now, but that hasn t stopped the spacecraft from continuing to beam back glorious imagery of its encounter with our solar system s weirdest little ice world.The video below stitches together all of the highest-resolution images captured by New Horizons as it zipped past Pluto on July 14th, 2015.From a distance of 9,850 miles 15,850 kilometres , the spacecraft s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager achieved a resolution of 260 feet 80 metres per pixel across a 55 mile-wide strip of the dwarf planet s encounter hemisphere.From cratered uplands to craggy badlands to blocky plains of nitrogen ice, Pluto s rugged and diverse surface pops to life as if you re cruising overhead in a helicopter.Unless somebody funds another trip to Pluto, these are the best images of the three billion mile-distant world we re going to see in our lifetimes.As scientists continue to study the wealth of data collected by New Horizons, we can expect to reveal more of Pluto s incredible secrets for years to come.
The action cam videos you just have to watchAction cams can capture videos that other cameras can't.Their wide-angle lenses and lightweight bodies mean they can clip onto helmets, chest harnesses, and sports equipment to produce dramatic point-of-view shots, allowing viewers to get inside the heads of the elite athletes that use them.As the quality of action cams has increased, so has the imagination of those using them.We've moved from grainy footage of a skier slowly carving down a slope to clips with high production values, booming background music, slick edits, and - most importantly - original ideas.In honour of the raised standards, we've pulled together six of the best action camera videos ever shot.From free-running from zombies across rooftops, to ski jumping over the whirling blades of a helicopter, these clips are nothing short of jaw-dropping - we recommend settling down somewhere to watch with a cup of coffee, and some paper towels ready for when you spit some of it out.
It isn't just cars that are getting smarter - go-karts are too, thanks to Nest co-founder Tony Fadell's new venture.Using the app, they can even bring the car to a stop at the touch of a button.They can even set a top maximum speed, so that kids will have to demonstrate they're responsible before being allowed to really punch it.On the inside of the kart itself are a bunch of a collision sensors, which like in a Tesla or other modern cars will bring the vehicle to a stop if it senses it is about to hit something.It can then even send a notification to a parent's phone, so they can run out and check that everyone is still alive.Now how about inventing a version for adults, and making it socially acceptable to ride a go-kart to work?
It isn't just cars that are getting smarter - go-karts are too, thanks to Nest co-founder Tony Fadell's new venture.Using the app, they can even bring the car to a stop at the touch of a button.They can even set a top maximum speed, so that kids will have to demonstrate they're responsible before being allowed to really punch it.On the inside of the kart itself are a bunch of a collision sensors, which like in a Tesla or other modern cars will bring the vehicle to a stop if it senses it is about to hit something.It can then even send a notification to a parent's phone, so they can run out and check that everyone is still alive.Now how about inventing a version for adults, and making it socially acceptable to ride a go-kart to work?
The three drönarsystemen police bought from Saab has sensors for reconnaissance in daylight and at night and should be a help, among other things in a simple way to take pictures that give a good overview of a crime scene. - The possibility to use them for monitoring during operations and after the increase of the missing persons, I think we will use the most, says Isabel Thorén, police superintendent of the National Operational Department, Noah. On National forensic center, NFC, see the technologies forward to start using the new tool in the business. - There are many advantages to it. For example, we document a crime scene from above in a way that we have trouble doing today, says Peter Bergström, Head of Section, Information Technology Section of the NFC. Drone is also cheaper and more available, than using a helicopter for the same data.
The three drönarsystemen police bought from Saab has sensors for reconnaissance in daylight and at night and should be a help, among other things in a simple way to take pictures that give a good overview of a crime scene. - The possibility to use them for monitoring during operations and after the increase of the missing persons, I think we will use the most, says Isabel Thorén, police superintendent of the National Operational Department, Noah. On National forensic center, NFC, see the technologies forward to start using the new tool in the business. - There are many advantages to it. For example, we document a crime scene from above in a way that we have trouble doing today, says Peter Bergström, Head of Section, Information Technology Section of the NFC. Drone is also cheaper and more available, than using a helicopter for the same data.
photographer: TT / Tor Erik H. Mathiesen Investigators in the Norwegian Accident Investigation Commission which examines what went wrong in the Norwegian helicopter accident April 29 has detected a fatigue crack in one of the gears included in the main rotor gearbox. There are also other signs metallurgical fatigue problems. In the event unloaded the main rotor and all 13 people on board were killed when the helicopter, Airbus Helicopters H225 model of the Super Puma, crashed on an island east of Turøy, near Bergen. According to Kåre Halvorsen, department director of the Commission of Inquiry, similar fatigue cracks develop into crimes over time. They want EASA to evaluate if the gear is safe. - A fatigue crack is not something you want, and therefore we have now gone out and said that we have found it, says Halvorsen to Norwegian local radio.
The accident helicopter was the same model as the one pictured, a Super Puma EC225. The reason is the recent findings from the accident investigation team to investigate the serious accident that occurred at the end of April. A helicopter crashed on the way from an oil platform, outside Bergen, and all 13 on board were killed. Shortly after the event was the helicopter type of passenger traffic in Norway and the UK, but now it may not be used for search and rescue operations in Norway, according to the decision. The reason is the results of the investigation, which shows that a fatigue crack in the gearbox may have caused the accident. Civil Aviation Authority points out that the incident is still under investigation and that no definitive cause has not yet been established.
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