Wooden Helicopter Personal Transportation
This wooden helicopter was apparently built entirely by Wu Zhongyuan in China. He used about $1,600 in assorted parts (like a motorcycle engine) and steel pipes for reinforcement. He figured out how to do it with "relevant knowledge [found while] surfing the Internet via my mobile phone."
(Wooden helicopter created by a Chinese farmer)
He claims that this single-seat helicopter has the ability to fly as high as 2,600 feet - but the Chinese government has grounded him for the time being, due to safety considerations.
This homemade device reminds me of the helicops from John W. Campbell's 1930 novel The Black Star Passes and Robert Heinlein's copter harness from his 1954 novel The Star Beast.
They were half way home when a single flyer, hopping free in a copter harness, approached the little parade... John Thomas thought that he recognized that he recognized Betty's slapdash style even before he could make out features; he was not mistaken...
(Read more about Heinlein's copter harness)
Campbell and Heinlein both popularized and reflected the many do-it-yourself efforts to create a personal flying machine (or a groundcar) in the early years of the twentieth century.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 8/9/2009)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
Will Google Autonomous Cars Have Advertisements?
'He groaned and shook his head to clear it.'- Philip K.Dick
Autonomous Vehicle By Delphi Goes Coast-to-Coast
''All right, sir or madam,' the MacMillan robot answered...' - Philip K. Dick, 1954.
Volvo's 'Drive Me' Program Offers Autonomous Cars In 2017
'She woke just before the signal from the car which would have called her...'- Robert Heinlein, 1941.
Autonomous Car Outperforms Professional Race Driver
'Khan grinned. 'It's alive! Bu-wahhahahah!''- Daniel Suarez, 2009.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
NASA's Robotic Mining Competition
''Dave,'[Powell] said. 'You're a stable, rock-bottom mining robot...'
Should Humanity Switch To Robotic Pets?
'What about an exact electric duplicate of your cat?'
L'Oreal To 3D Print Human Skin
'...She helped the doctor spray on surrogate skin.'
LG Display Creates OLED Wallpaper
'A television that unrolled like a poster...'
Cool Foldable Mini-Quadcopter
'Eddie pocketed the bee cam...'
NASA's Subvocal Speech System
'She took a subvocal input device from its rack...'
Cicada UAV Dropped In Swarms
'We... dropped roughly a thousand eyes on Beta Hydri IV.'
AI's Now Being Taught Anger
Actually the Prime Radiant was just a display device.
Cicret Interactive Skin Display Prototype
'A strip of readout skin on my wrist...'
Lily Camera Video Sport Selfie Drone
'He set his camera to follow him, and it hovered behind him like a large tame bee.'
Metal Composite Floats Your Boat
'A metal that was apparently as light as cork and stronger than steel...'
Six Terabyte Solid State Drive Just 2.5 Inches
'A man or woman could carry AIs or complete planetary dataspheres...'
Israeli 'Food Replicator' Inspired By Star Trek
What flavor would you like?
Robotic Trash Can Wants Your Garbage
'The can pivoted on broad rubber treads and rolled toward her...'
Microbes To Terraform Mars?
'Terraform the little rock...'
NASA FINDER To The Rescue In Nepal
'The antennae of the Life Detector atop the OP swept back and forth...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories