A futuristic-looking helicopter prototype has attracted an enormous amount of attention just by sitting on the ground at the airshow in Tianjin, China. The ‘Super Great White Shark’ looks like a flying saucer – or a robot vacuum.
A cutaway schematic of the vehicle that has circulated on the Chinese internet shows two pilots seated in the cockpit mounted in the middle of a giant rotor, encased in the saucer-like body of the helicopter.
All of the images and video from Tianjin show the prototype sitting on the ground, rather than in flight. If it actually takes to the skies, this would mean that Chinese helicopter designers have finally solved the challenge of making a functioning rotorcraft – something that has baffled Western inventors since the Second World War.
If I can foretell the future, it will not be too long before charges that China STOLE the technology will come to the fore. The usual rant of a declining power making such accusations is really pathetic.
If there is only one thing to know about China is that they are masters at taking an ideal and making it work. The Chinese are very focused on technology and manufacturing. The saucer-like helicopter will work. It is interesting that Science Fiction books & shows are the real CREATORS of this advanced technology.
This concept is not meant to be taken too seriously and is intended to fire the imagination of attendees like concept cars at motor shows.
nice to see somebody else actually read the article right to the end
DeNostrechat Henry Jacques
L'aerodynamique generale de cet UFO est une blague, le centre de gravité est trop haut, ce qui implique qu'en cas de rafales , vent latéraux ou manoeuve a grande vitesse, il va crasher comme la pplupart des drones made in china