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The design is based on the inverted cube shape discovered by inventor and mathematician Paul Schatz. By dissecting a cube into three parts, two star-shaped units can be produced at either end with an invertible belt in the middle section which is the same shape as the flying band. The system reproduces the entire structure: it opens to release the band while the ends remain on the ground as a docking station.
The flying object itself is made up of six identical prisms filled with helium, held together by a carbon-fibre framework. Three motors drive the motion coordinated by a tiny onboard computer, pre-programmed to replicate the inversion sequence. Using a smartphone, a person on the ground can guide the object around a room, which will be demonstrated on Monday at a trade show in Hanover, Germany.
It's helium filled. It floats. It does not produce aerodynamic lift.
Originally posted by Bodaciouschief
Vasa Croe mentioned that it somehow reminded him of a solar sail,which for some reason it did for me also. Pardon me if this is a dumb question,but if you were somehow find a way to attach a cable system to it,to where it wouldn't get tangled with the way the thing moves.Could someone use the principles of this thing to build a solar sail? Ride the solar winds and also get a slight extra push from the way that it moves?
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Bodaciouschief
It doesn't seem like it.
The thrust is produced by part of the cycle which pushes air backwards. Can't really do that in space.
Originally posted by forddavidjunior
reply to post by Vasa Croe
If we constucted craft with sails to catch the solar winds,We would travel to a point in space where the craft would be inbetween stars.The craft would then stop and go no further for the solar winds would lock the craft right between stars,Then come to mind lost in space.