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  • CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn’t Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents
    By on October 15, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments


    coondoggie writes “This had to be one hell of a ride. The CIA today said it added a pretty cool item to its museum archives — the instruction card for officers being plucked off the ground by a contraption that would allow a person to be snatched off the ground by a flying aircraft without the plane actually landing.”

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  • NASA Tests Flying Airbag
    By on December 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    coondoggie writes “NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground (more…)