posted on Jan, 26 2004 @ 09:07 AM
Regarding the introduction document you link to; FTA_01.DOC -- it says:
"Drag Reduction Skin
The Drag Reduction Skin would have used a Tesla coil with an output of around 500 Kilovolts (or higher). The Tesla coil was wired to an apex mounted
at the top of the vehicle. The Tesla coil transmits an electric charge from the apex ahead of the vehicle and the ionized gas gives the surrounding
air an electric charge.
The energized skin with its high voltage electric charge repels the surrounding air, and this reduces drag and friction on the vehicle. The actual
triangular-shaped frame and its sharp wing tips & leading edges aids in the emission of the electrostatic charge and also helps repel the surrounding
air reducing drag. The Drag Reduction Skin basically consists of a nickel-based paint which produces a rough electroconductive surface. This rough
surface aids in the emission of the electric charge."
You say that this "FTA design has been modified since his 1999 paper" (FTA-01.DOC), so this may or may not be applicable - but I'd like to share
the following thoughts anyway.
this technology is actually referred to as "electro-aerodynamics" or "electrostatic lift" and has been researched by some of the major aerospace
corporations. I look forward to seeing him succeed.
A Little History
In 1968 Northrop submitted a paper to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics entitled "Electro-Aerodynamics in Supersonic
. The thrust (pun intended) of the paper had to do with drag reduction and cutting heat friction and fuel burn. It was also noted in this
paper that plasma surrounding an aircraft actually reduces it's radar cross section.
It is widely purported by military aviation journalists that the Northrop-Grumman B-2 utilizes a high voltage charge on it's leading and trailing
edge and quite possibly it's exhaust.
(in the March 9, 1992 "Aviation Week and Space Technology" magazine, it was reported that the B-2 electrostatically charges its exhaust stream
and the leading edges of its wing-like body. Janes Defense Weekly and other reputable publications also picked up on this.)
The N-G paper "Electro-Aerodynamics in Supersonic Flow"
espouses a dual-purpose technology that Northrop, the designer and manufacturer of
the B-2 has known of for well over a quarter of a century and most likely has embedded this technology in the B-2.
This N-G paper and subsequent tests showed that electrostatic aerodynamic lift or thrust can indeed be generated in much the same way as explained by
this site on Tom Skeggs' Aerospace Flight Test.
[Edited on 26-1-2004 by intelgurl]