Grand_Admiral_Thrawn Posted September 19, 2005 Share Posted September 19, 2005 Ok, I saw this on the Discovery Channel last night. I can't find it on their website yet, nor can I find any information on it at all, but I'll update it with some facts as I find them. Basically, there is a new form of aircraft in development that will revolutionise... well, lots. It all starts with a researcher working on developing a polymer that, when exposed to electricity, can be manipulated with electrodes placed strategically. What he has come up with is amazing! Basically he developed an extremely light-weight metal (by light-weight I mean like aluminium and titanium) that is not only durable but extremely flexible. In addition, if you place electrodes on it and run electricity through it, the point at which the electrode connects acts as a joint, bending in both directions in turn. So, imagine an aircraft shaped like roughly like a seagull (without a distinct head). If it were made out of this material there would be no moving parts. None. Electrodes in the wings would send electrical currents into the structure causing the whole thing to flap. Combine this with the ability to glide, and you've got one neat aircraft. It's all a little hard to visualize so I'm hoping to find some pictures and technical data. History is on the move, Captain. Those who cannot keep up with it will be left behind, to watch from a distance. And those who stand in our way will not watch at all."- ”Grand Admiral Thrawn" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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