StarCraft® II

Skunk Works Commercial

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http://youtu.be/JmnBGrw2XsY
I mostly just felt like starting a fresh thread.
I'll edit in my comments or you can start a discussion.

(Video posted 2/24/14)
Edited by Engineer on 2/25/2014 10:00 PM PST
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Excellent video to say the least. What caught my interest was mainly the material that was sort of "muscular" in nature which allows it to be able to move despite being "hard". This is actually even more advanced than the viking in the aspect that the viking appears to simply move existing parts whereas this plane CHANGES the shape of existing parts to fulfill roles in different atmospheres.

The idea of the air fleet or "swarm" as they called it was nice as well, but not thinking too much out of the box and as such I was truly TRULY impressed with the idea of the changing metal.
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^Yeah, that technology will be very useful for both low speed and high speed flight. They want it for fixed wings on supersonic aircraft and also on the rotors of helicopters. Although, I'm not sure they'd be exactly the same in both circumstances.
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Another link
http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/TTO/Programs/
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02/26/2014 09:02 AMPosted by Engineer
^Yeah, that technology will be very useful for both low speed and high speed flight. They want it for fixed wings on supersonic aircraft and also on the rotors of helicopters. Although, I'm not sure they'd be exactly the same in both circumstances.


02/26/2014 09:02 AMPosted by Engineer
Although, I'm not sure they'd be exactly the same in both circumstances.


And thats the beauty of it truly, the metal changes to adapt to different situations, I'd imagine this is simply another situation in which the metal can adapt and be used differently, I would love to know how you can find these videos, otherwise you can certainly count on me jumping into these threads each day to pester you about it. But then again human interaction is what makes us well... human.

Now we can dissect this possible innovation and look at it not only from the"what it will be like" standpoint but also from an economic standpoint, social standpoint, moral standpoint, etc.

From an economical standpoint what would be the possible cost of this machine? Would it be allowed to fulfill different roles which would change warfare forever by making specified planes lost forever to a forever changing and adaptable single plane that can be manufactured?

How will society view this new innovation? What does this metal have to offer on the social impact of life? How will the metal affect people's view of the military or future? Can machinery in the civilian world find a potential use for this metal once the millitary "releases" it to the public for use or if it releases it to the public for use?

How will this machine of death impact the ethical viewpoint of war? Will less pilots have to give their lives because now America has a do it all plane so we dont need specified pilots for specified roles (bombing, fighter pilots, interceptors, etc.)?

So many ways to digest and view these new technologies, it certainly is rather exciting, and this is what I personally love about innovation, its never close minded, it affects life in so many different ways. And these are the questions we as humanity need to ask.

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I'm not sure if pilots receive specified training for different planes, I'll look up on that before I start spouting things out of my !@#, it's always good to be informed as Hylozoist has shown me.
Edited by Luftwaffe on 2/26/2014 3:02 PM PST
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^Honestly, I found the Youtube channels through a long process that I never finished: checking Youtube for a channel of each of the top (100?) US defense contractors (list on Wikipedia). I can tell you the most active channels:
BAE
www.youtube.com/channel/UCs9HTncy2FLGgj00WY2k2JQ
Boeing
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9IEkprr46ScglWU79HF5qQ
Boston Dynamics
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ
DARPA (government agency)
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOIHBHRbvncMo7Bf0Vx1zEQ
General Dynamics
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYWPJEsmQzwTPGLxewdMaQ
Lockheed Martin
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJWcF0ex7_doPdIQGbVpDsQ
Northrop Grumman
http://www.youtube.com/user/northropgrummanmedia/videos
Raytheon
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1w6pDb9Bgu5WeFI3pJ5iAg
Textron
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdVgDsPw9OKcQN_lbZoW0Yw

Also, I didn't mean that a wing would transform into a rotor. I meant that they want the wing to change shape to fly at different speeds (this would be for a plane), but they also want a rotor that can change shape during every single revolution (this would be for a helicopter). Due to the different circumstances, I was saying the mechanism and materials might not be the same.
Edited by Engineer on 2/26/2014 10:03 PM PST
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02/26/2014 03:00 PMPosted by Luftwaffe
in the civilian world find a potential use

Yes, on commercial aircraft. Even if the entire wings don't change shape, they want to at least be able to change the tips and edges of the wings (with greater ability than today).
Edited by Engineer on 2/26/2014 10:07 PM PST
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Another possibly interesting channel:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqgQknjcmAsjosqac1uLqA
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmeQ0T4VyeU
Another Skunk Works commercial just came out, so I thought I might as well put it in this thread.
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I have returned dear sir from my long vacation (not really a vacation because I didn't go anywhere but I digress). But yes I shall check out these new commercials ASAP. Thanks for posting them here.

P.S. I REFUSE TO LET THIS FORUM DIE!!!!!
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