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Lightweight electric waterproof helicopters for penguins

we have the technology
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The term flightless bird seams derogatory to me. I've never heard of a spineless vertebrate or a hydrophobic fish, why do penguins need to be flightless.

The technology exists to create a lightweight, waterproof, lithium-polymer powered electric helicopter for use by penguins. The device would be optional for their use. This isn't a proposal to strap the device to them. Penguin training would be necessary although.

The helicopter would be controlled with flipper input. The penguin would walk onto a platform attached to the bottom of the device. At anytime the creature would have the option to eject from the device and dive bomb when over water to catch prey. As for the electronics on board, there would be some additional automatic features. It would be able to fly automatically to recharge itself. In addition it would have a GPS beacon built in to track its movement. Once a fleet of helicopters has been built and penguins trained there could finally be a beautiful sight, flocks of airborne penguins!

evilpenguin, Dec 03 2012

These fish don't like water. http://www.google.c...:429,r:19,s:0,i:141
[AusCan531, Dec 03 2012]

Prior art http://www.telegrap...ns-take-flight.html
[MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 04 2012]


       Maybe gliders would work better for penguins.
rcarty, Dec 03 2012

       In a manner of speaking, penguins actually do fly. They just do it through water instead of through air. An argument can be made that their method of locomotion in water may actually be superior to that of fish.   

       Remember that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs; large birds have been around rather longer than large mammals. And when large mammals took up the aquatic lifestyle, they evolutionarily morphed to become rather fishy in body structure.   

       But birds like penguins that took up the aquatic lifestyle --and perhaps did so well before the mammals-- did NOT evolutionarily morph to become fish-like, using their tails as their primary means of locomotion. They still have wings, and they know how to use them! That almost certainly means that keeping their wings was advantageous....
Vernon, Dec 03 2012

       Do fish get rabies?
AusCan531, Dec 03 2012

       ///hydrophobic fish//   

       Name one ( and cite your sources). //   

       Peking Duck is a notoriously hydrophobic fish.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 03 2012

       ///hydrophobic fish//   

       Name one ( and cite your sources). //   

       Peking Duck is a notoriously hydrophobic fish.   

       There is also a mudskipper-like fish in Borneo which lives on the border between mangrove swamps and regular rainforest. Unfortunately, it is osmotically adapted neither to salt nor to fresh water, and can only tolerate a very narrow range of intermediate salinity.   

       If it falls from the branches where it normally lives into seawater, it quickly dies. Conversely, prolonged immersion in fresh water is also fatal. Hence, it spends most of its life clinging to branches and rocks and relying on the high ambient humidity. It mates and lays its eggs in saltwater puddles which have been diluted by monsoon rains, and many of these fish die by misjudging the salinity or when seawater or excessive range change the salinity in mid shag.   

       The eggs can survive a fairly wide salinity range, but the hatchlings must escape the water (which, by now, no longer has the right salinity) within a few seconds of hatching, or they also die.   

       By all reasonable standards, this fish is one of evolutions Friday afternoon jobs.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 03 2012

       Oh, and [+].
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 03 2012

       Hydrophobic fish [link]
AusCan531, Dec 03 2012

       I see the potential for a Madagascar short here.   

       "Rico, helicopter device. The Private and I are going on a little mission..."
RayfordSteele, Dec 03 2012

       Wealth of knowledge max... Thanks. Want to read on it more after your anno.   

       that's a great link auscan
evilpenguin, Dec 03 2012

       [Max...] cetacean needed...
4whom, Dec 03 2012

       Sp. spineless vertebrate.
rcarty, Dec 04 2012

       Glad and worry? You sure overestimate the avian brain.
rcarty, Dec 04 2012

       I don't see how this would improve the life of those who pay for it.
Kansan101, Dec 04 2012

       Just like Obamacare, then?
8th of 7, Dec 04 2012

       \\I don't see how this would improve the life of those who pay for it\\ Sight of flocks of flying penguins
evilpenguin, Dec 04 2012

       <link> for you, [evil]
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 04 2012

       Sea Lions. This makes me think of Sea Lions. And I think they too should be able to fly. Got any thing for them? (evilsealion?)
blissmiss, Dec 04 2012

       Unfortunately sea lions are too heavy. I postulate that current battery technology would allow for penguin flight because of the total power to weight ratio in play. The craft would require frequent recharging, but I believe it could achieve useful flight times.   

       Thanks for the link MB... Beautiful
evilpenguin, Dec 05 2012

       By odd coincidence, there is a walrus in the Cambridge natural history museum which was dessicated experimentally (by freeze-drying, I believe).   

       It is about the size of a beach-ball, and is not at all walrus-shaped. It is very approximately a truncated cone. The skin of the walrus is sufficiently thick and tough that, when it contracted during drying, it broke and crushed the underlying skeleton.   

       So, if you happen to own a walrus and an unusually large freeze drier, keep the two apart.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 06 2012

       Not to detract from the original idea, but I have often thought that those who considered penguins to be "flightless" birds did not give enough credit to the penguins' fanciful imaginations.
jurist, Dec 07 2012

       I saw a chicken fly a goodly distance once -- it felt like a glitch in the Matrix.   

       It would be my wild guess that penguins retain their instinct for flight. With that in mind, an ornithopter exoskeleton might be more comfortable to control due to the more natural user interface.   

       [+] for making me think of the matrix-chicken, and for pimp-slapping natural selection.
TIB, Dec 07 2012

       //pimp-slapping natural selection//tagline material
evilpenguin, Dec 07 2012


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