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Opensky: attempting to build Nausicaa's mehve glider

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:45 pm
by B Moore
Ahem ... not that I'm spending my Friday night looking at Slashdot, but take a look at this. These guys have built a working model version of mehve, and are now apparently looking for test pilots weighing under 120 lbs. ...

There's a video, which doesn't look all that impressive until the glider pulls up next to the guys in the field, and you get a sense of its scale.

The Opensky site (Japanese only) is here. The leader of the group is described as a "media artist", which makes me wonder how much of this project is aerodynamic engineering, and how much is performance piece. It's definitely a cool model, anyway ...

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:13 am
by Yenner
It looks interesting,
My big question is, how in the name of god would you pilot one of those? From the pics of the mehve, it looks like the hip-movement the Wright Bros. used in their early glider, combined with some hand control.

And really, how safe could this thing be?

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I don't do forums much, which you should all know if there's no image above.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:16 am
by shojogirl
Mehwe? From what I read, it's Moewe, which is more plausible. Moewe is German and means gull.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:41 am
by B Moore
Yep, I've heard of the German origin for the name. I was going with the spelling from the Viz edition of the manga, which I thought people might be more familiar with. 8)

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:34 am
by shojogirl
Do you say Meehwe then or Mahwe?

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:55 am
by B Moore
I'm originally from the Midwestern U.S., so I would say 'mehve' as "Maayve" (like 'nave', but with more of a drawl.) But to be honest, most of the time I pronounce 'mehve' as "Nausicaa's glider". :wink:

I should note that the Slashdot writeup has the German spelling, moewe. Which, with my rudimentary German, I'm not sure how to pronounce. Is the 'oe' treated as an umlaut o? Something like "Muh - vuh?"

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:12 am
by Mothos
I want one! I'm going to have to lose 80 lbs to fly it though...

I feel sorry for any test pilot though, I see some spectacular crashes in that vehicles future.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:10 pm
by Yenner
That would be scary to fly, because if you landed too hard, or made some sloppy mistake, you'd faceplant into the ground, strapped to a jet engine.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:58 pm
by shojogirl
Well, I have Umlauts, so it's Möve for me. Pronounced...yes, Muh-vah (ah as in A-braham).

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:11 pm
by Clank
I. WANT. ONE. That is so unbelievably cool. That is truly going to be a massive thing, though. Did you see the little scale man? I wonder what the scale factor was... But, what do they mean, only women?! I'm a guy and I would qualify to fly one! Curses... :evil:

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:02 pm
by Patachu
B Moore wrote:I should note that the Slashdot writeup has the German spelling, moewe. Which, with my rudimentary German, I'm not sure how to pronounce. Is the 'oe' treated as an umlaut o? Something like "Muh - vuh?"
Exactly. Actually ö evolved as a shorthand form of writing "oe" back when German was still written in Gothic script.

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:15 pm
by jrr
i could totally see myself crashing and dying on one of those things. sign me up!

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:25 pm
by ChadTHX1138
Loved the Manga..deathly afraid of flying that plane mmmmm nope