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University of Florida mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor Subrata Roy has submitted a patent application for a circular, spinning aircraft design reminiscent of the spaceships seen in countless Hollywood films. Roy, however, calls his design a “wingless electromagnetic air vehicle,” or WEAV.
The vehicle will be powered by a phenomenon called magnetohydrodynamics, or the force created when a current or a magnetic field is passed through a conducting fluid . In the case of Roy’s aircraft, the conducting fluid will be created by electrodes that cover each of the vehicle’s surfaces and ionize the surrounding air into plasma.
Also, the power source needs to be extremely lightweight yet still produce enough power to generate the necessary plasma. Not to mention the fact that the very same plasma that will allow the aircraft to fly also will interfere with electromagnetic waves necessary for communication with the vehicle.
But Roy is confident that the unique nature of his design will allow it to clear the technological hurdles and take to the skies, and he’s not deterred by the risk of failure.
“Of course the risk is huge, but so is the payoff,” he said. “If successful, we will have an aircraft, a saucer and a helicopter all in one embodiment.”
He probably got the idea straight from my thread here at ATS.
I'm glad someone was paying attention.
The propulsion system for Roy’s saucer sprouts from his extensive U.S. Air Force-funded plasma actuator research, the results of which have appeared in more than 15 scholarly journals.
In a novel way, the plasma spike and aero-lens vehicle combine to optimize the shape and the flow pattern for magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) propulsion, a true hyper-velocity airrider capable of speeds in excess of Mach 50. If fitted with a rectenna on its inner surface, protected by a shell transparent to microwaves, the aero-lens craft could pulse electric power through ionized air and propel itself via superconducting magnets placed around the circumference of the ring to accelerate air rapidly over the lip of the edge. Silent, the vehicle would emit a bright, incandescent plasma glow as it accelerated, dodged and weaved at anything up to Mach 50+ in the dense air of low altitude or the rarefied atmosphere at the edge of space.
Rouen, France, 1957. Flying to intercept a mysterious radar reflection, an unknown French Air Force pilot photographed this craft in March 1957 over Rouen with his gun-sight camera. The UFO paced the plane for several minutes before speeding off past the maximum velocity of the French airplane. This UFO appears to be of the same type that appeared in McMinnville, Oregon over the farm of Mr. Paul Trent. It was first published in the Royal Air Force Flying Review in July,1957 and also in Flying Saucer Review in July, 1957.
Originally posted by VIKINGANT
I guess the same principa is involved but I am sure someone will come nd tell us different.