Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Age of the Ornithopter: Has it Arrived in the Great White North?

There's an interesting article in Flight Global that has to do with some folks at the University of Toronto who have pulled off the first sustained flight of an ornithopter.

I'm reminded of one of the protagonists in a Terry Southern story who keeps waking up with the phrase "the age of the ornithopter" running through his mind. Well, here we are. No longer a province of science fiction freaks and obscure (in these days) writers of very interesting stories, the ornithopter has arrived. Sort of.

The video that's attached to the article clarifies just what the difference between 'sustained' and 'controlled' and 'successful' is. I'm sure Terry Southern would have found it interesting.

Happy viewing.


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