Episode 23: Air vehicles

April 25th, 2010

This week we turn our eyes skyward as wondrous vehicles fill the heavens with explorers no doubt.  Join us as we discuss the best vehicles for exploration and travel.

 

0:00 types of vehicles --exploration --long distance --bad land or water access

3:30 surveillance -- drones -- balloons -- limits of drones and how to surmount them.

10:30 Powered Parasails and Powered Hang gliders.

16:30 The personal Jet wing - Yves Rossy: Rocket Man

17:15 Jet packs historically, earlier FW editions, and possible workable jet packs

24:45 When things go wrong - Ballistic Parachute

25:40 Wing Suits mention - we discussed these extensively in the Fringe Vehicles podcast

28:30 Aircraft - Fixed Wing

32:45 Lighter than air ships

Non-rigid

Goodyear Blimp

Semi-rigid

The current feasible limit for air ship cargo is 450 tons.  However there are no existing airships that can carry this amount.

Rigid

39:15 Supertech Airship

Vaccuum lift airship

Tarzan at the Earth's Core 41:30 Hot lift Airship Aerogel

43:15 Airship in action in FW adventure

46:15 Why long range vehicles have to be big

48:30 What kinds of airplanes have proven durability Douglas DC-3 C-130 Hercules

50:45 How to maintain aircraft - does it take a village? -- roll out airstrip

55:00 Some worlds just love airplanes --Thunderbirds --Crimson Skies -- Tale Spin --Bushwacking --Northern Exposure

59:15 Helicopters

01:03:00 Blue Sky vehicles

--Mecha --Dragons --Dinotopia --Gor --Wind Whales of Ishmael --Banshees of Avatar --Brooms --Flying Carpets --Celestial Matters --Integral Trees --human powered flight

 
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