Both sides of the argument consider themselves winners.
Blackbird is a vehicle driven solely by the wind, but surprisingly, it's faster than the wind itself. Thanks to its clever design, the engineless car can reach speeds that are 2,8 times faster than the element. In 2010, Aerospace engineer Rick Cavallaro received investment from Google and Joby Energy, which helped develop the vehicle.
Eleven years later, YouTuber Derek Muller released a video about the vehicle on his channel Veritasium.. It attracted the attention of a professor of physics at the LA’s University of California, Alexander Kusenko. The professor claimed that the vehicle is violating the laws of physics. As a result, Kusenko and Muller made a bet for $10,000. The blogger's mission was to prove the professor wrong.
The Blackbird vehicle can reach such incredible speeds because of its design. The wind drives the car, the wheels spin and the chain drives connect to a huge propeller. This is what moves the entire vehicle forward.
The blogger then demonstrated this mechanism, but the professor would not admit his mistake. In his opinion, it would be wrong to compare the vehicle's speed with the wind's speed due to the element's inconstancy. The wind blows in gusts, thus overtaking it does not work over a long distance.
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