Wednesday, August 13, 2008

STARS in The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is an interesting movie owing to more than one reason and someday I will probably post about it again. For now I would like to share this interesting article in Wikipedia I recently came across. About a system called Fulton surface-to-air recovery system (STARS) used to retrieve persons from the ground used by the US Navy and Air Force. What has this to do with The Dark Knight? Remember the part where Batman abducts Lau in a neat action sequence, hooking themselves to an airplane using a balloon? That's inspired by STARS.

Here's a video of the skyhook system in action:

(The video looks only at the hoisting people - doesn't show how the balloon 'hooks')

The movie is absolutely awesome. Thanks to Nolan , Bale and Ledger: Batman movies have risen beyond being mere popcorn flicks.