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Orrery Helicopter
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A giant orrery sits atop this marvellous vehicle, with the planets' support arms acting as aerofoils.

Some modification to the swashplate may be required to compensate for most of the lift coming from the Jovian moons.

mitxela, Jun 05 2015

inspired by spirocopter
[mitxela, Jun 05 2015]


       Would the tail rotor be an orrery too?
hippo, Jun 05 2015

       Actually, in a conventional helicopter, the tail rotor is only there to stop the helicopter body rotating, Newton's laws requiring the rotor and helicopter body to have the same rotational momentum. So, if the rotational momentum of the rotor/orrery is made to be zero then no tail rotor is needed. This can be done by having the main rotor rotate clockwise, but the planets and the orbits of their moons rotating anticlockwise.
hippo, Jun 05 2015

       This is a really orrible idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 05 2015

       You couldn't have planet any worse.
normzone, Jun 05 2015

       <Uranus pun placeholder>
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 05 2015

       Would the pilot sit inside the glazed Earth?
pocmloc, Jun 05 2015

       Can't imagine the bearings this would require. Or the drag force from Jupiter alone...
RayfordSteele, Jun 05 2015

       The pilot would be sat inside the sun, at least in the heliocentric orricopter.
mitxela, Jun 07 2015

       In Italy, the police force has all of its helicopters blessed.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 07 2015


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