Saturday, August 09, 2008

Future Now

It's become a cliche to moan about the lack of aircars in the past's future, which happens to the present we inhabit. This cliche-busting aircraft, straight out of a classic 1970s Chris Foss cover, is a design by Aurora Flight Sciences for a solar-powered modular vehicle that will fly in the stratosphere for over five years, 'for surveillance and reconnaissance, communications relay and environmental monitoring with the potential for roles in global climate change' (from Gizmag via Bruce Sterling).


Blogger Martyn said...

I suspect it would look more probable if Chris Foss HAD designed it - that being what he does nowadays. The aerodynamicist manque in me asks 'extreme dihedral and extreme anhedral. Why?'

August 14, 2008 10:16 pm  

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