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Helicopter Crash on Pike's Peak

2010-09-17 18:17:34.319226+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

So there was a helicopter crash on Pike's Peak. I thought it worthy to pass on for two reasons:

  1. They were filming a Pike's Peak attempt by an autonomous driverless Audi TTS, making the robotics and automation fan in my perk up a bit.
  2. In the "how badly distorted are my perceptions" department, there was talk of difficulties in rescue crews reaching the crash site, I saw the picture of the helicopter wreckage at the side of the road and thought "what? I've seen video of people driving the whole thing in less than 12 minutes."

[ related topics: Robotics Invention and Design Automobiles Video Aviation - Helicopters ]

comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-17 21:01:26.795226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Haven't found that yet. If it made it, faster than the helicopter.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-17 20:34:51.919226+00 by: ebradway

How fast did the robot manage the drive?

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-17 18:45:32.747226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, they had some helicopter video, but at 14k feet with winds such as happen up there there's a lot of fancy stuff that can happen at sea level when the winds are fairly predictable that most pilots probably want to avoid. And it's probably well over an hour drive if you're not one of the top few drivers in the world in a tremendously over-horsepowered vehicle.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-17 18:33:59.371226+00 by: ebradway

Most likely the road was blocked for the shoot and it's probably a tough spot to land a helicopter in a manner other than the way they just did...

And I'll refrain from comments about having the robot fly the helicopter.