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Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Inspector Gadget copter, Strap-on wings, Da Vinci parachute vids

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-05-21


I’m not one for watching YouTube, but a recent Nature blog post ("Did people learn nothing from Icarus? 2008-05-16) and links in some of the comments on mini-micro-flying contraptions (especially the Leonardo da Vinci parachute test and Inspector Gadget-like backpack helicopter) are pretty interesting.

The Nature blog gives further information about Da Vinci parachutes:

If you fancy making one yourself here are some instructions and some advice: Don’t.

Actually, the "Inspector Gadget" guy looks more like a kangaroo in a low-gravity environment with a propellor hat.

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