What could possibly be the next development in aviation, a team of German researchers have built a mind controlled plane.
You’re sat in the waiting area and your patience is being exercised tremendously as you sit watching the announcement board at the airport to find out when you can board your plane. You’ll be going on holiday! Maybe to Aruba or Fiji or maybe just to the other side of the country and you’re excited to don your best Hawaiian shirt and your nicest pair of flip flops. But that wait for the perfect holiday is going to take even longer because a giant, bold ‘DELAYED’ sticker has just come up next to your flight’s details on the board. You won’t be getting your destination any time soon, but what if you could get there yourself with no flight experience; what if you could fly yourself there by using the power of your mind?
Granted that’s an outlandish possibility but it is an actual reality as researchers from the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have created a special plane that allows even novice pilots to fly the plane with their mind. As shown in simulator tests, the mind controlled flight project works as it interprets brain waves from the person piloting the plane and it also works, as shown in the video above, with no manual interaction with the plane whatsoever.
For now, the project is only in the testing stages but the researchers had this to say,
“The scientists have logged their first breakthrough: They succeeded in demonstrating that brain-controlled flight is indeed possible – with amazing precision. Seven subjects took part in the flight simulator tests. They had varying levels of flight experience, including one person without any practical cockpit experience whatsoever. The accuracy with which the test subjects stayed on course by merely thinking commands would have sufficed, in part, to fulfill the requirements of a flying license test. “One of the subjects was able to follow eight out of ten target headings with a deviation of only 10 degrees,” reports Fricke. Several of the subjects also managed the landing approach under poor visibility. One test pilot even landed within only few meters of the centerline.”
We’ll keep you posted once we know more.
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