Thursday, April 28, 2005


At first blush (and maybe at second blush as well) this idea seems like a really bad combination of useless and silly. But maybe I render judgment too quickly?

Almost 50 years after Saint's flight, Pavel Trivailo and a team of engineers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia are exploring the same basic principles to devise a more sophisticated air delivery system. They are working on an automated device that will allow them to pick up and put down loads - including people - with hardly a jolt. If their system is successful, it could speed up rescues at sea, make cargo or aid delivery far easier and help collect injured people from otherwise inaccessible regions of jungle or mountain.

You can read all about it at the New Scientist's site...

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