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How to tame an ornithopter (ukrainer.net)
32 points by app4soft 4 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments





If we ever successfully colonize the moon, the recreational activity I'm most excited for is being able to fly by flapping wings attached to your arms in pressurized domes (or spheres, if near a space elevator instead).

We aren't strong enough to fly with artificial wings on earth gravity, but it seems like moon gravity could work pretty well.

(I think this idea is from an Arthur C Clarke novel?)


Robert Heinlein, "The Menace From Earth"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Menace_from_Earth

sorry, should have refreshed the page oftener...


> We aren't strong enough to fly with artificial wings on earth gravity

So what? Just use a lightweight powered exoskeleton to augment your strength. It will likely happen decades before pressurised domes on the moon, too.



Thanks! I think I read a different short story that used this idea, but it seems Menace from Earth likely predated the one I read - probably the first instance of this idea in print?

Before I opened this page, I was thinking about Dune 2 and the book Dune (Atreides used ornithopters).

This site claims:

"For over thirty years, he has been studying, modelling, building and testing his own ornithopter — an invention that was first conceived some five hundred years ago, but is yet to be implemented successfully."

This is so falsely absurd I am not sure where to begin. Many ornithopters have been constructed that flew or fly successfully; there have even been a few successful full-scale attempts. Most were models, though.

A recent model implementation:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/274008848/metafly-a-new...

...which was inspired by a much older toy - which itself (if we're being honest) was probably based off of even older examples:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithopter

Then you have Paul MacCready's Pterodactyl:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_MacCready

I won't go on...


I thought the same but they apparently mean only a human-powered ornithopter, which I believe is still an open problem. And for good reason.

Original article about human story (something like Hemingway's "The Old and the Sea"), not about tech thing.

The whole site is a great collection of stories about 'unexplored' Ukraine. Their project idea is like an ethnographic expedition, visiting diverse destinations in Ukraine to collect/record people stories. Amazingly, the written content is also very well translated.

A true gem, especially given the uneasy times people of Ukraine are still going through.


This story is simply fantastic. I like the idealistic stubbornness of investors like this one.

PSA: Please don't put your self-signed cert on the open web. Figure out Let's Encrypt, or just go vanilla http.

Just tweeted to site owners, hope they will solve it.[0]

[0] https://twitter.com/app4soft/status/1138540511713746950




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