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Microsoft FlugTag takes Flight (Project Phoenix)

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This past weekend, a team of Microsoft Employees - many from Windows - participated in the Red Bull Flugtag, a competition where teams from all over the world build human-powered flying machines, push them off a 30’ high dock, and see who can fly the farthest. The event was tons of fun and our Microsoft team worked their collective butts off building an amazing craft, putting in more than 1500 total hours in design, fabrication, construction, event planning, marketing and promotion. Check out this video to see if their craft actually took to flight!

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  • CKurtCKurt while( ( !​succeed=try​() ) ) { }

    Can't help it: Windows Crashed! Hehe

  • yes yes...we all saw that joke coming Smiley

  • ivan_ivan_ g

    Looked like concrete block attached to a feather. Did somebody actually think it could fly?  

    1500 hours for this?

    The first images I saw didn't not have that heavy frame at the bottom and it looked very promising, elegant and lightweight. (just like many prototypes, huh?)

  • Tom StackTyphoon87 Facilitator of our reality

    Should have waited for the Service pack.

     

    Its still cool they tried, maybe they can try again next year. Congrats anyway, looks like they had fun.

  • rhmrhm

    Reminds me of that movie.... Failure To Launch Smiley

     

    Not that any of this is serious competition, but isn't bringing your own scaffold to gain extra height kindof cheating anyway?

  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...

    I only really saw 1 thing fly.  Is the hidden joke of the event to just crash well?

  • That was deeply embarrassing for all involved.

  • Did she take a dive for the team? 

  • Actually, there's a lot more to it than that...

     

     

     

    ...no there's not. Funny costumes, crazy contraptions, and spectacular failures. That's about it.

  • Staceyw, I think that's a fair assessment of this event - "Crashing well" is just as successful as actually flying for the FlugTag challenge. NASCAR anyone?

     

    Congratulations to the Windows Phoenix team! You'll double your distance next year.

    Brian

  • Shane GorrellShane Gorrell

    WTF Nice tower

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