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by Geoff Manaugh ( last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:06 AM
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by Geoff Manaugh ( last modified Oct 04, 2010



[Image: Proposal image for Skylifter, capable of "delivering whole buildings to remote locations"].

Before I realized that Up is actually an unwatchable film about talking dogs, I probably would have used it as an analogy here: an Australian firm called Skylifter has devised what Popular Science describes as "a better way to transport heavy equipment to remote areas that are beyond the reach of railways, roads and runways." The Skylifter system can lift up to 150 tons, which means it "could be [used for] delivering whole buildings to remote locations" within just a few short years (after they, you know, figure out how to make it work).

But, yes, please: I would like to air-lift Angkor Wat to a small town in northern Wisconsin. Thank you. Imagine the hijacking scenarios! In fact, I can imagine a whole new cable television series emerging from this, like Ice Road Truckers gone airborne, in which amazed home viewers watch the international building-transportation industry literally take off: whole villages of detached buildings drift across the sky, disappearing over the nearest horizon.




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