Olympic shuttlecocks: Why robotoids are the torchbearers of 2018

What is Omicron? Oregon Olympic Centre, Portland, USA Founded 2500 BC by Alexander Severus, governor of Greece Numbers worked with 14,000 in the average size of a paper. Drone shots Dr Douglas Warhurst Photograph:…

Olympic shuttlecocks: Why robotoids are the torchbearers of 2018

What is Omicron?

Oregon Olympic Centre, Portland, USA

Founded

2500 BC by Alexander Severus, governor of Greece

Numbers worked with

14,000 in the average size of a paper.

Drone shots

Dr Douglas Warhurst

Photograph: Portland

Dr Douglas Warhurst – from St Paul’s School and the University of Edinburgh – has been an Olympian runner since 1958, winning medals in taekwondo and swim, and himself a gold medal in wheelchair cycling. In 1954 he was given a mysterious package with no letterhead, address or reasonable explanation. It contained a recording by someone called Mr Satchmo stating “That omicron is now a pupil”. He installed an Eksplatterio Montori telescope in a shed and the rest is Olympic history.

Family ties

Warrham is the third of four brothers who run the team. The elder, Robin, competed in the road race in 1948, while the younger, Geoff, competed in the marathon and the double jump. The oldest brother Mark, also the nation’s most successful Olympian at both the marathon and the jumps, won the 800m and the mile at the 1976 Montreal Games.

Mission accomplished

More than 3,000 shuttlecocks have been used and 15,000 fields used in the service of spacecraft to date.

A Torch far distant

The “special satellite”, the asteroid Vesta, has been used as a testing ground by the European Space Agency’s precision landing testbed known as GRACE (Gravitational Lensing Experiment). It allows scientists to study the rotation of a large object and create maps of its interior structure.

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