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05 May 2010, 01:29 AM
( -Thank You Syd Mead for pushing the limits of my imagination- as I'm sure everyone here has been inspired by you to pursue their own dreams of becoming creators of our future.
Syd Meads work tells of grand novels, in immense scales. Whether in Sport, Travel, Security, or Leisure, his work pushes a reality greater and more wonderful than our own. But these places without boundaries are still littered with imperfections, sprawled across cracked floors, wires hang shamelessly in plain sight- reiterating that no one future is perfect.
This is my vision of future safety concerning some of the most hostile, violent and inevitable dangers threatening many parts of the world. This Helitanker (27m long) carries 6,600 gallons of water, can light massive controlled burns, and works in packs. Comparable in size to largest helicopter today, It is the pinnacle of design and engineering, developed for multi-scenario disasters.
This form is an expansion on philosophies found in Mead's work. This Vehicle of the sky is directly inspired from the large whale shark of the Pacific. This mimicking of the split of dark smoke tumbling above the raging fire below accurately contains all components necessary for the crew of four to swim through the burn zones with confidence.

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05 May 2010, 02:23 AM
Nice. For me it looks like a Dragonfly, don't know if it's me but overall good job.

05 May 2010, 07:32 AM
Great work anouther rescue vehicle, I'm really liking that trend in the works being shown.

05 May 2010, 07:54 AM
Nice work for sure but, the rules are pretty clear. This was published almost a year ago.

05 May 2010, 06:57 PM
Yes this work was created within this last year- Syd Mead's influence is not bounded by the start date of this competition. This project would have been far different if it wasn't for works like his to encourage me to push the boundaries between visual form language, strategy innovation, and engineering constraints. I don't believe theres a need to have a competition dedicated to being inspired by him, we see it everyday in the movies we watch and the games that we play.

05 May 2010, 08:48 PM
I'm not saying the work isn't inspired by mead, the rules say you can't enter anything that's been published before. I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just giving you a heads-up. Imagine how you'd feel if you were a finalist and got disqualified because you didn't read the rules.

7. Entries should remain unpublished outside of CGSociety prior to the close of the challenge.

That doesn't mean you cant cant enter the same vehicle design, it just has to be an original image of that design.

06 June 2010, 04:10 PM
I like the design but helicopters actually make quite poor firefighting vehicles due to the incredible downdraft of the main rotor having a tendency to fan the flames pretty violently.

I would suggest just creating a scene of this vehicle in a regular civilian aviation context, maybe an executive transport...

06 June 2010, 05:58 PM
Helicopters are an incredibly vital part of strategic firefighting according to Burn Chiefs Ive interviewed in Colorado, South Dakota, and New York. Research is the foundation to meaningful impacting design solutions. Without an accurate understanding of the design problem and state of the art, there is no way to design with confidence a solution that addresses the most important issues while designing for new opportunities.

06 June 2010, 06:26 PM
Oh and wildfires create their own micro weather systems, so the down force from a helicopter is negligible.

06 June 2010, 06:44 PM
I guess I was thinking less of wildfires (which of course your image shows I guess I am a bit tired in the brain) and more of urban fires so I stand corrected. Incidents I have read about involving helicopters in urban fire rescues have been controversial due to the downdraft but of course in a wildfire the altitude fire retardants are released from would be high enough to negate that as well as the micro weather systems you mentioned.

Anyway kudos on your research and your entry but I would still encourage you to develop variants of this design if you feel inclined. Good luck!

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