Charles Bolden, administrator of NASA, speaks at the Green Aviation Summit in Mountain View, Calif., outlining NASA's ongoing contribution to environmentally friendly aviation advances. Bolden focuses on the need for continued innovation, including different-looking planes, and describes a recent success story, the Chevron Nozzle, which is used in Boeing 787 and 747-8 planes and decreases noise pollution while improving fuel efficiency.
Planes of the future will have unconventional shapes
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Charles Bolden, administrator of NASA, speaks at the Green Aviation Summit in Mountain View, Calif., outlining NASA's ongoing contribution to environ...
Sep 9, 2010
I thought the talk was about planes of the future? For those who are not getting the video, try clicking the "expand to full screen" button at the bottom of the little window the video was supposed to be in. That gave me video on my screens, where I was not getting it in the small window mode.
Read my book, Haans=Viman, the mythstical swan-aircraft... that is what the planes of future will/should be.. At a distance stood the Haans-Vim?n, shimmering with an inner luminosity, its head adorned with a crown of gold. Vallabha looked at the swiftly rising craft with its flapping wings. Haans, the beautiful migratory bird that flew in from Siberia every so many moons, had inspired it. It could carry any number of people over mountain and water silently; to avoid detection it could turn invisible, flying faster than sound, then stopping and hovering above. Commanding it with voice and thought, it breathed in the air to fly.
Read my book, Haans-Viman, the Mythstical Swan-Aircraft.... that is the plane for the future. ......At a distance stood the Haans-Vim?n, shimmering with an inner luminosity, its head adorned with a crown of gold. With a strange mixture of feelings, Vallabha looked at the swiftly rising craft with its flapping wings. A sense of parental pride prevailed over him, an emotion he felt for no one, not even for Viraat. Haans, the beautiful migratory bird that flew in from Siberia every so many moons, had inspired it. It could carry any number of people over mountain and water silently; to avoid detection it could turn invisible, flying faster than sound, then stopping and hovering ominously above. Commanding it with voice and thought, it breathed in the air to fly. Vallabha had put all his skill and knowledge into his creation. Knowledge gained from the Himalayan masters at enormous personal cost...... Maya Mahant email@example.com
Interesting speech. Pictures at the end, but they are probably meaningless as the whole idea evolves (for those who need more pictures, get a subscription to Popular Science, which is neither popular nor about science). No issues receiving the information and I'm in the wilds of Canada. If you didn't get it, then you should check your settings and talk to your ISP. No problems at the source that I saw.
When the title states new unconventional shapes, I was thinking things like saucers and triangles. The few new designs were still a broom stick with wings. They did not even go into the BWB shape at all (that's Blended Wing Body). This video was more of a promo for better efficiency which is like fine tuning your cars carburetor. Some innovation (fine tuning). The Air Traffic Control system has needed a redesign since the mid 60's, it is not even semi-inteligent and totally dependent on people. Adding brains to the Air Traffic Network may bring fears of Sky Net but what is more truely scary is underpaid over worked illegal aliens filling the jobs to make profit, and by the way testing will not let humans geet replaced until they become 100% correct. Having self exterminating Air Controller brains on your hover car go any where with out filling flight plans that become unchangeable because of things like weather or your trip to grandma's has changed because she forgot you were coming over for her turkey dinner.
It is very disappointing to such distortion from the head of NASA. The video, though very impressive, uses time compression and exaggerates the size of the aircraft in relation to the distance scale to create the impression of a traffic jam in the sky. Consider that each blip on the "radar" screen occupies several miles whereas each aircraft is a fraction of that. What a shame.
Somebody brief me, I fell asleep twice during that one. Charles reads in a boring monotone. Sure glad I don't have to go to the office on Monday mornings and listen to that drivel.
it's nice to know that the only thing missing from that presentation was the prediction that by the end of the decade, it may be possible -- and it should be NASA's priority -- of getting a man to O'Hare airport on time, and returning him safely to Earth.
The aircraft industry is bloated with great pictures, videos, artwork, graphics, etc. Instead we watch a boring guy talk. With 20 seconds left of the 6 minutes, we finally see a very few quickie shots of future planes. Sad waste of video
Talk, talk, talk -- -- tho it promised to be tech, tech, tech. Too, too bad -- Smart Planet lost points on this one.
The title of this piece is very misleading. There are brief glimpses, with no explanation, in the final 26 seconds of a 6:02 video.
If there was a problem with the video, it was fixed in between the time that gkm3722 had his problem & when I watched it with no problems. "Unconventional shapes" is not the subject of Bolden's speech. It's a promo for the role of NASA in commercial aviation tech, with the Chevron nozzle as an example of a recent project. There's a slide show of some airframe concepts toward the end but there's no identification, let alone explanation, of the concepts.