Every now and then, when my city has big festivities, police/press helicopters roam around, mainly for crowd control. This evening I went to take a long nap while the city was having fun. (having a cold, weird sleep timetables are allowed):
The night was almost pitch black, there was this helicopter flying low around my neighbourhood. At some point, it’s sound becomes a roar, and I realize it is hovering just between my buildng and the next, as if checking something. I jump out of the bed to the balcony, because (and this is true) I haven’t seen a helicopter “up close” (i.e. less than 20 meters) since I was 8. As I am watching it hover, it starts to slowly fly backwards.
Before continuing, you need this little bit of info: Both buildings at my balcony height (5th floor), are like 20 meters away, thight space for a helicopter, but doable. Also,In the building next to mine, there has always been a cable that runs, diagonally, all the way from top to bottom of the wall. Don’t know what it is, or what it does, but it’s been there for as long as I can remember.
So, while the helicopter is backing away, I just see that it is going to snag the cable…it starts tangling more and more into the rotor hub, toy-like, hindering it’s flying capability as seconds pass. At a certain point, I try to protect myself behind a wall, but still, parts of the rotor manage to strike my arm. However, I am not injured. Once the crash is over, I just go down the stairs to see the wreck.
I am NOT surprised to see a military-ish person poking around the remains. He is removing sensitive electronics from the wreck. They all lie in the ground as a big pile of boards connected to other boards with PCI-slots, pins and smaller connectors, much like a fractal pile of electronics.
At that point, I decide that I am going to remove the turbine and take it home. The “pilot” asks me what am I going to do with it, but I don’t know, I’m not sure I have the equipment to start or run it. Funny thing, I am carrying the turbine in my arms, like a pillow, as if the smallest helicopter turbine doesn’t weigh 200+Kg…He states it is military, someone might be looking for it, and I say that if someone asks, I’ll give it back, otherwise I’ll keep it.
I am having quite weird dreams lately, not sure why. I will probably make a series if they continue displaying any technical aspect, like the fractal-connected boards.
Also, just in case you’re wondering what happens when a helicopter snags a cable:
And we think humans are fragile…
Note that there is no fire or explosion and the turbine keeps running (NOT slowing down) for some seconds after the crash.
And also, I got sidetracked while looking if the wop-wop of the helicopter blades has a name, and found this interesting post I’d like to share.
And now? Time to continue modifying the laser…(Since I have to install a new tube, I’m changing quite a few things: Machining the ball bearing carrier to extend cutting area by 1cm, change chain carrier for the X axis, because the convoluted one I had before, it’s always in the way to put new pieces in. Made some great adjustable standofs, but I changed my mind again and will make them even better, stay tuned for all those changes)