Planes are perhaps one of the most genius innovations in the world. Like the wheel, it has aided in human evolution and done its part to ensure our constant change. Like evolution, planes have enabled us to expand our reach and constantly change. And planes have evolved tremendously over the decade.

Case and point; this miniature Airbus from Airstage. This helium airplane has a wingspan of around 16 feet and is remote controlled.

At a quick glance, the plane does not look like much. After all, how many people have created developed a remote controlled plane. But a closer look at the dynamics of the aircraft, then you fully understand why it is so impressive.

Why it is incredible

Regular plane’s couple aerodynamics and flat out brute force to make the plane fly. On paper, a plane should not even move, let alone fly. On average, an Airbus weighs around 632 tons. Let me put that in perspective for you. On average a male human weighs around 195 pounds. A blue whale weighs around 300,000 pounds. A Boeing 747 weighs an astonishing 970,000. Those are almost four blue whales. So yes next time you see a plane fly by the picture it as four blue whales so that you can register how the fight for man is such an incredible feat.

Make a replica with such a big wing span, in essence, should be incredibly dense. But the model weighs around the weight of a pin. Again picture changing the weight of four fully grown blue whales to less than a pin’s weight.

The controls of the gadget by themselves should make it significantly heavier

Why is this helium plane so light?

Well, this is where the genius of the inventor flies in (pun intended). The designer created the fuselage almost entirely of a helium-filled balloon. Helium is one of the lightest elements in the universe. Fact helium is so light that the earth’s gravitational pull cannot hold it in the atmosphere. If released freely it will escape into space.

With almost its entire body helium, the plane is incredibly light.

How it works

With helium taking care of the volatile nature, the scientist needed to make the plane fly. The inventor fitted miniature aircraft engines on either side of the craft. The replica was so exact that this demo plane created sounds similar to its larger counterparts.

The plane does not need a runway instead all you have to do is give it a small nudge, and it is off.  The controllers primarily regulate the speeds of the engines. When one turbine turns faster than the other, it causes the whole craft to change direction.

Problems incurred with this model plane

With the artistry of the scientists clearly on show, the craft has several problems that will ensure it stays behind closed doors. For one the plane’s light nature would not allow the controls to control it outside. The wind would cause it to turn at the smallest and slightest nudge.

Again helium is extremely volatile, exposing to heat or pressure may cause it to explode. This is the exact reason helium air balloons are no longer in existence.


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