Video of the Day: Engineering Newswire 40: First Autonomous Flight for Airborne Wind Power

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:10pm
Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD

This episode features:

  • Honda is set to unveil a new production model of motorcycles by the end of 2013, and they only cost 1.3 million dollars, each. The RC213 V, one thousand cc V4 will have a level of power that will make it competitive in the 2014 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Moto GP Class.
  • Since the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled Japan in March 2011, engineers at Kyoto University and machine maker Hitachi Zosen have worked on developing Flap Gate, a flood-prevention system that is actually powered by the disaster.
  • Researchers at Cornell's Personal Robotics Lab have created a robot that can predict human action in order to step in and offer a helping hand.
  • After a year of mechanical design, fabrication, and testing, Makani Power, a company recently acquired by Google, has completed the first-ever fully autonomous flight of a kite power system.

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