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quinta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2011


Ah, que Ideia fantástica, do Japão, isto, pôe qualquer um bem-disposto!

Japanese Defense Ministry shows world's first spherical flying machine

By Randolph Jonsson

Star Wars fans (like me) will get a vague sense of deja vu when they see this flying sphere in action. Weighing in at about 12 ounces (350 g), the 16-inch (42 mm) diameter flying ball can launch and return vertically, maintain a stationary hover and zip along at up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Coupled with the ball camera we reported on earlier this month, it could become a valuable reconnaissance platform. Who knows? In time, more advanced autonomous versions might actually be used to train would-be Jedi knights. Once again, life imitates art.

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