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One Feather

With a computer controlled flywheel attached to the quill
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Makes for a solid state flapping Drone.

Happy World War III mother fuckers!

JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016

What? Did you think the ocean just dusted itself? https://www.youtube...watch?v=JedQj7UMO9M
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 12 2016]

Sycamore seed falling - slo mo https://youtu.be/Gs7oxJjr9U0?t=26
[bigsleep, Dec 12 2016]

[link]






       Does anyone have a cigarette? That was awesome!
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       [JHC], you have set yourself a low standard, which you consistently fail to achieve.   

       [-] moronic, no idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 12 2016
  

       // you have set yourself a low standard, which you consistently fail to achieve. //   

       At least he's consistent... and it's not in Other:[General] ...
8th of 7, Dec 12 2016
  

       MB gets a reserved spot on the front lines.
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       Drone. RC Vehicle. Non-working bee that wants to fertilize the queen. Annoying humming sound.
LimpNotes, Dec 12 2016
  

       Suggested for category: troll
Voice, Dec 12 2016
  

       "Moronic" - noted. MB, thank you for the invitation to your first disability sensitivity education ritual. My feather is going to come in handy.
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       Trolling is a disability now? Who knew?   

       As long as your happy, mate.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 12 2016
  

       You are a moron MB.
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       And that is a compliment.
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       //You are a moron MB.// Yes, of course. But I'm still entitled to wear the square brackets of the Halfbakery, [JHC].
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 12 2016
  

       Not sure if this is true or not but I heard the other day that the expression; "be there or be square" is based on the fact that if you are not there, then you are not a round.   

       Anyhoo... in the interests of peace and tranquility I have endeavoured to see if I could figure out a way to make a flywheel/feather drone that would actually work and I think it is totally possible.   

       First off, I estimate that a minimum of nine feathers would be necessary to generate constant lift.
The flywheel would need to be the power source as well, so only limited flight times could be achieved between spin-ups.
  

       You will also need two flywheels counter rotating in order to cancel out gyroscopic precession and I haven't given any thought at all to steering just lift and stability.   

       Taking a page from nature, the movements of the feather starfish as it swims, [link] would allow for feathered drone flight.   

       Now go to your room and think about what you've done mister...   

       Careful there warmonger.
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       Happiness is a warm onger.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 12 2016
  

       9?   

       The fly wheel and the feather cancel each other out.   

       Incorporating ailerons into wing warping resulted in World Wars I and II.   

       Doesn't that kind of put us at bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, 2 strikes and 3 balls?
JesusHChrist, Dec 12 2016
  

       I don't think that resorting to football metaphors is very helpful at this juncture, [JHC].
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 12 2016
  

       // 2 outs, 2 strikes and 3 balls //   

       Quite a load of balls, without doubt.
8th of 7, Dec 12 2016
  

       Worst World War III ever.
LimpNotes, Dec 12 2016
  

       It would at least answer the koan of "what is the sound of one feather flapping?"   

       Personally I prefer the "What do the firemen do when the fire station is burning?"
not_morrison_rm, Dec 12 2016
  

       Get alarmed? Get fired? WHAT!? WHAT!?
LimpNotes, Dec 12 2016
  

       //Incorporating ailerons into wing warping resulted in World Wars I and II//   

       I think those were caused by small minded people. Really not sure what you are up to there.   

       //the movements of the feather starfish as it swims//   

       I see it as more a powered sycamore seed. I'm guessing with nifty wing control it could fly for a bit in a guided manner.   

       [ ] for the spurious war references, but now I'm wondering what the clumsiest looking machine capable of controlled flight is. This would look elegantly simple, but not clumsy for anyone who has seen a sycamore seed [link].
bigsleep, Dec 12 2016
  

       // what the clumsiest looking machine capable of controlled flight is //   

       A380 ?
8th of 7, Dec 13 2016
  

       I'm confident that there is an equivalent dose of LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, etc that one would need to ingest in order for this latest round of [JHC] ideas to make sense.   

       I propose that we form a working group and do the testing to callibrate the scale. [JHC] is already way ahead of us in providing the study material.   

       To be completely accurate, we're going to need large test groups, control groups, appropriate cross-testing to determine interactions and sensetivities - not to mention large volumes of clinically pure psychedelic compounds. To be thorough, some of our test subjects will need to be unaware of the test itself, and others even aware but unwilling.   

       After a few years of trial work in a suitable offshore location, we should be able to come up with a scale system, which will be calibrated against a 1-10 scale of just how nonsensical any given idea is.   

       I say we calibrate the scale against this idea being a 7.
Custardguts, Jan 16 2017
  
      
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