The Insane Engineering of the Perseverance Rover

The response to this video has been huge. One of our biggest videos ever. We worked our ass off on these animations. Big shout out to Mike and Eli, our stellar animators. Also big thanks to Curiosity Stream, without them we simple would not have the budget to make something this ambitious. If you liked this video, you will love that Armstrong documentary on CS. It gives me some serious goals to work towards. Packed with information and beautiful story telling.

 


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A Plane Without Wings: The Story of The C.450 Coléoptère

Throughout the 1950s, aircraft designers around the world began developing a unique aircraft configuration, called a tail-sitter. Unlike conventional airplanes, tail sitting planes rested on their tails and used engine power alone to lift off the ground before transitioning to vertical flight, and returning to land vertically once again on their tail. The configuration, although technically challenging to develop, would allow aircraft to operate without runways, fundamentally changing how and where air forces could use their aircraft. 

 
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Sony Officially Reveals Car To Beat Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show started to look a bit more like the Geneva Auto Show than it did an electronics show with companies like Lamborghini, Honda, and Hyundai revealing technology riddled concept cars that promise a future of flying taxis, supercars that can order toilet paper on the go, and self driving cars. Among those established car manufacturers and starry eyed start ups was a surprise entry, Sony with their Vision S sedan. As one would expect from a technology company like Sony, the Vision S is riddled with screens and interfaces that would allow drivers and passengers alike to access Sony Entertainment properties. But rather than show up with a flashy box that looks very much like a car that can really only at best be rolled on the showroom floor to show off their fancy technology, Sony showed up with a for real running driving electric car. Despite all that, Sony still is saying that they’re not getting in the car building car business any time soon. If that’s true, then why did Sony announce that the Vision S has showed up in Tokyo for testing, and what are they testing exactly? Well, it turns out that Sony has already sunk $5.3 billion into self driving sensor technology and the product of that investment is in part the Vision S. With the Vision S, Sony is hoping to be the bridge that turns self driving cars from science fiction into science reality and raking in the profits as the industry leader in self driving car technology. Let’s take a look at how that all shaped up.

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