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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