Friday, 11 March 2011

Helicopter-like parachutes

Could we use passive helicopter-like rotors instead of a parachute? There's a manoever possible with helicopters alled "autorotation" that allows for (relatively) safe landing in the event of engine failure. The same idea might work for a one-person backpack helicopter. I'm not a pilot, though, nor am I familiar enough with helicopter physics (or Wile E. Coyote gadget designs) to say whether it would really work.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - From videos, it still looks difficult.
PPS - So probably not a great idea, but interesting.

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