The real life Q
Meet Ramsey Faragher, chief gadget creator for the UK’s secret agents and military experts. Now, pay attention...
Posted: 18 Feb 2013
There's more. Ramsey shows us a helmet with a head-up display, like the ones worn by fighter pilots today but capable of handling much more data. It could also project live images from cameras outside the aircraft, but only when the wearer looks in their direction - effectively making the fuselage transparent. This is useful when you're at 50,000 feet without a rear-view mirror. Got a bogey on your tail? Just turn your head and have a look at the bastard. Imagine what this could do for the blind spots in racing cars.
In fact, you can extrapolate much car stuff from the inventions in this place. Take the Demon drone. It uses ‘flapless flight', by replacing rudders and ailerons with thousands of holes that allow the wings to suck and blow as a way of controlling their pitch. This smoothes the surfaces, which is good for agility, aero and stealth. It works by using the airflow of the jet turbine, but could just as easily work with any engine that produces high pressure. An F1 motor, for example. You could pipe air from the intakes and exhausts to a rear wing, which then breathes in and out to control the pressure around it. So instead of a fixed shape for the whole circuit, you could have constantly adaptive aero. Are you reading this, Mr Newey?