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NASA’s New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane

 

 

 

” Planes and helicopters have their strengths and weaknesses. Planes are fast and can carry a lot of stuff a long way, while helicopters are slow but they don’t need enormous runways and they’re extremely maneuverable. So naturally, people want to combine them.

  That’s why a team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a drone that’s a hybrid of the two.

  The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a ten-engine, battery-powered prototype with a ten-foot wingspan that can change its shape midair to fly either horizontally or vertically. This month, NASA announced it recently took off vertically and, for the first time, successfully rotated its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to standard “wingborne” flight.

  The GL-10 is a relative of the V-22 Osprey, the VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft developed in the 1980s for the US Air Force and Marines. It’s a tiltrotor design: The engines rotate to propel the aircraft either up and down (like a helicopter), or forward (like a propeller-driven plane). The Osprey can take off and land from the deck of a carrier or from a field in the middle of the jungle, instead of from a lengthy runway. It can haul 32 troops or 20,000 pounds of internal cargo up to 2,200 miles. It’s very handy.”

 

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Swedish Marines’ Parody Of ‘Greased Lightning’ Goes Viral

 

 

” A bunch of Swedish marines based in Afghanistan decided to make a parody video of the famous “Greased Lightning” song from the 1978 movie “Grease.” They never expected it to go viral but, of course, it did.

 
  Thanks to a contributor on Reddit, shortly after the video was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, it went viral. By Sunday, the video had received over half a million hits and was mentioned in the media worldwide.

  Boris Zelada directed the video, which shows around a dozen Swedish marines, lip syncing and dancing to the classic song. The only difference was, instead of John Travolta and a whole load of snazzy cars, the video offers army vehicles and guys in camo gear. “

Read on at Digital Journal