Victoria Elizabeth Caruk - Page 2

Hi! It's me again, Victoria Elizabeth. I'm not sure what's up, but when people look in my Bassinet they either giggle or scream. Come on folks it's just a binky. I mean what's so special about that. Come to think about it though, my Daddy does have a weird smirk on his face when he gives this to me. I wonder why?

This is my first toy. My Daddy is letting me play with one of his Fanuc 420iF Industrial Robots. Normally he uses them to load materials into a CNC lathe or CNC mill and then remove finished parts. This one is configured to hold my car seat and do cool things with it.

Check out my 5 point restraint system. This way I can pretend I'm an astronaut on launch or an aerobatic pilot without worrying about falling out.

See how relaxed I am when I'm not under high G loading...

This is another view of my Baby Rocking Robot.
Yup, this sucker flat out moves. 4864 IPM or about 560 degrees / second. Here's me about to transition from a rocking mode to a loop!

O/K so technically it's more of a barrel roll....

Now if I could just get Dad to give up the teach pendant, perhaps I could do some real tricks!

Over the top I go! Weeeeeeeee.

My Dad's to cheap to buy me a custom fitted pressure suit, so to keep from blacking out during high G loads, I squeeze my leg and abdomen muscles, to keep the blood from pooling in my legs. Note how I even squeeze my little fists as well. Come on guys, give me a stick or some kind of control to hang on too...

I couldn't figure out why I didn't fall out. My Daddy told me it was centrifugal force holding me firmly in my restraint system.

That sounded suspicious to me, and I'm pretty sure my Buddy Maxim the Aerospace Dude would agree, so I did another Google search and here's what I found.

Check out the results of my online research in the box below.

Centripetal force and Centrifugal force, action-reaction force pair associated with circular motion. According to Newton's first law of motion, a moving body travels along a straight path with constant speed (i.e., has constant velocity) unless it is acted on by an outside force. For circular motion to occur there must be a constant force acting on a body, pushing it toward the center of the circular path. This force is the centripetal (“center-seeking”) force. For a planet orbiting the sun, the force is gravitational; for an object twirled on a string, or a baby on a robotic end effector, the force is mechanical; for an electron orbiting an atom, it is electrical. The magnitude F of the centripetal force is equal to the mass m of the body times its velocity squared v 2 divided by the radius r of its path: F=mv2/r. According to Newton's third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The centripetal force, the action, is balanced by a reaction force, the centrifugal (“center-fleeing”) force. The two forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. The centrifugal force does not act on the body in motion; the only force acting on the body in motion is the centripetal force. The centrifugal force acts on the source of the centripetal force to displace it radially from the center of the path. Thus, in twirling a mass on a string, the centripetal force transmitted by the string pulls in on the mass to keep it in its circular path, while the centrifugal force transmitted by the string pulls outward on its point of attachment at the center of the path. The centrifugal force is often mistakenly thought to cause a body to fly out of its circular path when it is released; rather, it is the removal of the centripetal force that allows the body to travel in a straight line as required by Newton's first law. If there were in fact a force acting to force the body out of its circular path, its path when released would not be the straight tangential course that is always observed.

So what do you think? What holds me in my restraint system, Centripital or Centrifugal force?

The folks at USHGA (the United States Hang Gliding Association) finally sent me my membership cards.

I signed up as a Hang Glider and a Paraglider pilot.

I support Mark Forbes as my Regional Representative, the name change to include Paragliding in the Association name, and I'm on the fence as to whether we should allow powered harnesses.

Hey, my Dad won't let me play with his Paramotor yet, how should I know what they're all about.

I even found a good place for my USHGA sticker. What do you think?

My Mommy thinks if I keep this up I'd better mount a reserve parachute to my restraint device.

That might be a good idea. My Daddy already imports reserve parachutes from Metamorfosi. He says Angelo Crapanzano makes the best parachutes available in the world, and he's seen enough of them deployed to know.

I like Angelo. Wait till you see the mini hang gliding harness he made me. If you look closely at the end effector of my robot you'll see 2 holes. One is for the hang loop that will hold my harness, the other is for the hang glider down tube / control bar assembly. Dad says when I get stronger neck muscles he'll let me try it out.

Mom keeps hiding my harness... What's up with that?

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This Page last updated 30 Jan 2006 Copyright Victoria Elizabeth Caruk, All Rights Reserved