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Neil Armstrong Standing On The Moon

Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon
Astronaut Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon – Credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images (click to enlarge)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930 — 2012) died on Saturday at the age of 82.

He will be remembered as the first human to set foot on the moon, landing on July 20 1969.

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
– Neil Armstrong

The Apollo 11 mission came at the height of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union.

While the bloody Vietnam war was in full swing the moonwalk lifted Americans with a sense of euphoric achievement and a surge of patriotism.
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Drone That Crashed Inside Pakistan – Is It The Festo SmartBird?

Alleged US spy drone
The alleged US spy drone that crashed into Pakistani territory last week looks suspiciously like the Festo SmartBird Robot

An alleged US spy drone crashed into Pakistani territory last week.

Strangely, it looks like nothing seen in that theatre before. Stranger still, it looks a lot like the Festo SmartBird Robot that was featured on this website in March this year.

The thing is, there are some significant differences. For one thing the Festo SmartBird flaps it’s wings while the drone that crashed in Pakistan is thought to have had some form of propulsion — like a propeller perhaps.

According to an Express 24/7 correspondent, Mohamamd Kazim, the drone was surveying the border when it crashed near the Pishin Scouts Frontier Corps Base compound in Chaman, 300 meters inside the Pakistani-Afghani border (5 Photographs).
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SmartBird Robot Design That Flies Like a Bird

The SmartBird is designed by leading-edge German company Festo. SmartBird is a remarkable and amazing marriage between Biology and Machine.

One of the most enduring of engineering challenges, a call that once inspired the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, has been met: the quest to create a machine to successfully mimic the complex wing movements of birds and in the process achieve flight.

Now for the first time this dream has been adequately fulfilled. The SmartBird elegantly reproduces the wing movements of birds with a brilliant concept. The result is an astonishing creation that can take off, fly and land autonomously, and achieve this with an unprecedented efficiency in flight operation. Continue reading SmartBird Robot Design That Flies Like a Bird

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