The Payen Pa 49 Katy was a pocket-sized prototype aircraft developed in France during the 1950s. It was remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly it was small, very small. In fact it was the smallest jet-powered aircraft of its day. Secondly it had a delta-wing configuration – which wasn’t ground-breaking by the mid-fifties, but it was still unusual. And thirdly it was a truly tailless aircraft, having no separate horizontal stabilizer.
The aircraft was designed by Roland Payen, who was a pioneer of delta wing and tailess aircraft. Before the second world war he had built two previous aircraft, but the Payen Pa 49 Katy was his first post-war design.
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It must be difficult being Scott Parenteau, a guy carrying around so much awesome creativity in his head it’s a wonder he can stand up straight. Scott is the proud owner and builder of a 12 foot geodesic dome which has 12 legs and can walk along at up to 0.7 mph. Not exactly quick, but then he never meant it to be.
The Walking Pod, as it is simply called, was inspired by the geodesic domes created by Buckminster Fuller – the American architect, author, designer and inventor, and the wind-walking “Strandenbeest” sculptures developed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen in the early ’90s. Continue reading ‘Walking Pod’ »
According to the folks over at brandpower.com, the perfect car would be a combination of a Citroen DS and a old-school Porsche 911. And whether you agree or not with their choice of mashup, you can’t deny it isn’t an appealing blend.
The project required lots of sketchwork, 3d modeling, and supposedly some stupidly impressive metalwork and fabrication skills. Although to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced the Porsche Citroen 911 DS has actually made the leap from 3D model to production reality. But either way, it’s a fairly awesome project.
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At the 2013 Monaco Boat Show, Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini showed up with a curious watercraft called the Jet Capsule. It’s basically a highly compact and versatile vessel which its creator says is a “mini yacht”. The vessel is built in the Italian port city of Naples by the company Jet Capsule S.r.l.
The Jet Capsule features a composite carbon fiber hull and a hydro-jet propulsion system. It can be fitted with either one or two (petrol or diesel) engines, with power output ranging from 315 to 800 hp. An electric-powered version is also being worked on. On board, the Jet Capsule features a covered deck and seating area which accommodates up to eight passengers. There are also automatic closing doors, a rooftop sunbed, a rear diving platform, a convertible bedroom, toilet and it can even be customized to include a kitchen. The company have also developed a number of alternative uses for the Jet Capsule, ranging from an armored military version, to a DJ booth-equipped party version.
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Nissan’s experimental triangular race car, the Deltawing, has attracted its fair share of attention over the last couple of years. And more recently the company have played with the idea of fitting it with an electric drivetrain – resulting in the Nissan ZEOD RC prototype.
However the uncoventional layout has previously only been used on vehicles confined to the race track, or test track. Now however, with the introduction of the Nissan BladeGlider concept, it looks like the company is looking to possibly bring the platform to a wider audience.
Nissan themselves say the BladeGlider is more than just a concept, they state that it is both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.
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One of the more bizarre concept vehicles scheduled to appear at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be found on the Toyota stand. The Toyota FV2 is a single-person vehicle which the company says can be, “understood by the driver intuitively”.
Instead of using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is controled by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. In addition, by using ITS technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 supports safe driving by providing advance warnings about vehicles in blind spots, at intersections and other safety information.
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Feast your eyes on this! The AeroMobil flying car from Slovakia. The vehicle has been in development for no less than 20 years, but it’s only just recently got off the ground… So to speak. The AeroMobil’s designer, Stefan Klein, is currently working on version 3.0 of the vehicle. But the previous version, 2.5, has already been tested, both on the road and in the air.
The latest version is almost identical in configuration, but it has a much sleeker and more futuristic appearance. Its creators say the AeroMobil is perfectly suited to its dual role, making use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and makes true door-to-door travel possible.
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The Antonov A-40 Krylya Tanka – which in Russian means “Tank Wings” – was a prototype aircraft/light tank combination developed by the Soviets during the dark days of the Second World War.
The Antonov A-40 was a glider, not a powered aircraft. The idea was that a large, powerful transport aircraft would tow the A-40 into the air and to the battlefield where it would glide down to the ground with the crew already aboard. Once on the ground, the wooden wings and tail booms would be quickly unbolted and the tank would operate like any other.
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Ghe-O Motors, a small but innovative Romanian off-road vehicle manufacturer, have just unveiled their latest mud-conquering vehicle. Called the Ghe-O Motors RESCUE, the name is a bit of a giveaway. Prior to developing the Ghe-O RESCUE, the company have built numerous off-road competition machines, and they currently offer three different motorsport-ready off-roaders, including the 500 horsepower Warrior complete with 44-inch wheels and custom designed frame.
The Ghe-O RESCUE has been concieved as an all-terrain search and rescue vehicle, able to cope with flooded rivers, huge snow drifts and steep inclines. It can be fitted with several different accessories to expand its abilities, including a rescue sled/raft which it can use to tow people over snow or across water, a snow plough, and inflatable wheel fittings to prevent it from sinking into soft snow. In addition, the rear wheels can be exchanged for a set of tracks, and a 620 litre water tank and set of pumps can be added for firefighting duties.
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The Dornier Do 31 was a West German experimental VTOL aircraft built in the late 1960s. To this day it is the only VTOL jet transport aircraft ever built. The aircraft was designed to meet a NATO requirement for a tactical support aircraft to work in conjunction with the EWR VJ 101 VTOL strike aircraft.
The origins of the Dornier Do 31 project began in the early 1960s when German air force top brass started to realise that their airfields were vulnerable to attack from Eastern Bloc forces and the Soviet Union. In an effort to counteract this weakness the Luftwaffe started looking at VTOL and STOVL options. The Dornier Do 31 was one of the results.
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