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originally posted by: BASSPLYR
I always liked the WEAV concept. Interesting that this is being developed in florida. Northern Florida from gainsville through the panhandle (Passing Eglin AFB ) all the way over to mississippi/ louisiana border (where there happens to be a NASA facility) there has been a lot of UFO sightings that remind me of WEAV devices being tested out in various configurations.
Speaking of MHD Propulsion. Take a Triangle. Have a trio of HID lights on the bottom at the ends of the tips. Have the HIDs specially built to emit light in the ultraviolet to just near visible spectrum. Using the principles of linear absorption and scattering blast the air below the craft with these HID's and excite the nitrogen and oxygen molecules in the air around the craft. air that is over ionized past the absorption point might "bleach" in the visible spectrum as a bright pale blue light similar to xenon.
This quantum stimulation of the air molecules via photons will create a plasma medium for electric coils inside the craft to manipulate via induced magnetic fields. Simple MHD.
The electric coils maybe situated above the HID's inside the craft would create a transverse magnetic field that will be able to grab the air and move it around the craft. You can pulse the coils in a way so that the magnetic field travels like a wave from front to back and grab the air like a caterpillar track pushing it behind the craft.
Need to expand the bubble of ionized air and give yourself more medium to play with and more traction? Make the HID's able to rapidly pulse back and forth at two power intensities. One that is just short of the thompson scattering limit that bleaches the air and then a second one at a little more power that will ride through the bleached air and ionize the medium even further out increasing the bubble size.
Using the above idea you can even aim it like a laser and pump/pulse the light out to further bleaching distances thus creating a tunnel of ionized air like low drag corridor. This could possibly appear like a glow or field around the craft at slow speeds and maybe like a glowing tunnel of ionized air like a florescent tube if the thing is really going for it. The science is so advanced on photonic stimulation of air that they have ways of using lasers to convert the atmosphere it's self into a laser generating mechanism. It wouldn't be a stretch to simply stimulate the air using photons of a certain wavelength and intensity and create a plasma medium for magnetic fields to play with.
You could then steer the triangle by making the hull a graphene hull with imbedded circuitry that can be selectively activated at will. maybe use the Vanadium Dioxide as a switch to control where the hull electrifies/magnetizes and where it doesn't so that you can guide the magnetic flux lines the coils are producing.
Use a layer of metamaterial that can work with photons and use that as the stimulant to control the vanadium dioxide.
For the power source to all of this I would use a quantum dot LED and use it to fuel a reactor comprised of a dome or sphere layered on the inside with that Klimov Los Alamos Metamaterial solar cells that have amazing efficiency in converting light to energy and you have tons of electrical power.
Use some of the light created to travel via metamaterial wave guides utilizing the jaynes-cummings effect to the hull and the vanadium. Supplying the photons needed to activate/ trigger the vanadium. Use electrical circuits to control the metamaterial photon wave guides like a jaynes-cummings dimmer thus controlling where the light gets to the vanadium thus controlling the circuitry of the hull and how it guides the magnetic flux lines for thrust direction.
Have neato triangle that can fly in atmosphere or water (maybe need to change the amplitude of the HID output to also excite the hydrogen atoms in the water along with the oxygen atoms and the fact that it's already semi conductive SALT water. ) Should be quiet. Will push air out of it's way, has the graphene, utilizes light. maybe hybrid the design with other propulsion ideas speculated about.
As someone here once said "And now with light!"