Only some 4 years ago at the University of Florida was patented aerial vehicle that does not have wings, has a circular shape and as the energy to be used for engines plasma! Since this is an event I covered, I consider it my duty to acquaint you with the project UFO called WEAV, Associate Professor Faculty of Aerospace named Subrata Roy!
University of Florida (University of Florida) has filed a patent application for the project frisbee, or rather "wingless electromagnetic aircraft." Florida plate using the original scheme: it is based on the principles of magneto-hydrodynamics, which studies the motion of conducting fluids and ionized gases in the presence of a magnetic field. It is reported that the electrodes cover the surface of the plates and ionize the surrounding air, turning it into a plasma.
This effect allows you to move the plate to take off (vertically), move and hover in the air. The developed prototype dish does not have great size, the diameter of the machine is less than 15 centimeters. In the description of the project indicated that the aircraft is capable of carrying a payload — such as a camcorder. It has no moving parts, which makes the dish more reliable. It is theoretically possible to produce a much larger and flying machine. But good design is not yet a reality — the only problem is that in the world there are no sufficient battery power.
Yes, it is once again "flying saucer." True, it can not carry green men, and the inhabitants of planet Earth — as well. The most that it will be enough — shred reconnaissance equipment, or scientific equipment. But the drive immediately declared an unusual — Plasma. A plasma in the universe — full of them. Another contender for the most that neither is an alternative means of flight in the Earth's atmosphere called the WEAV (Wingless Electromagnetic Air Vehicles), that is — "wingless electromagnetic aircraft."
"If it is successful, it will be revolutionary," — says the inventor of this extraordinary system — Subrata Roy (Subrata Roy) from the University of Florida (University of Florida), who has applied for a patent.
Roy is promoting its new product in the first place in the camp of miniature unmanned aerial vehicles designed for intelligence, surveillance, collecting a variety of data, in general — those areas of activity for which a gimmick need bear only a little bit of electronics.
Subrata Roy — Assistant Professor of Aerospace Faculty of the University of Florida (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and director of the Laboratory of Plasma Dynamics (CPDLT) at the same university (photo from cpdlt.mae.ufl.edu). Subrata Roy
As it is self-respecting "plate», WEAV must take off and land vertically, to be able to hover and perform the most intricate maneuvers. In this case, there is not a jet engine, or any kind of propellers and rotors. Quiet unit has to move around as much as move (according to eyewitnesses) "UFOs are real."
And there is no anti-gravity. All quite scientifically, quite unpretentious, and has calculated. According to a press release from the university, to drive this "dish" will be used magnetohydrodynamic effects.
Parts is not so much, but we know that the whole army of the electrodes, which will be located on the outer surface of the vehicle must ionize the surrounding air into a relatively small layer adjacent to the body.
Next, through the ionized gas unit will skip the powerful current. Force produced by the interaction of the plasma current and should tighten the air around the unit, made in the form of a complex cross-section of the torus.
Its form is chosen so as to maximize the area of contact of the vehicle with the air and to create threads that will keep the car and "afloat." Also, the inventor has counted dynamics of the whole system for the machine stability, based on the wind gusts.
Turning on and off the electrodes on opposite sides of the body can achieve any evolutions "plates". And unlike the old drive types, this can be turned off and activated instantly.
The diagram clearly visible WEAV cavity designed for the payload (Figure Ryan Durscher / University of Florida).
Subrata Roy has developed a prototype WEAV diameter of less than 15 centimeters. It should be easy enough to be "pulled" a small internal battery.
Miracle machine to build the University of Florida. And the first flight of a working model of the "plasma plate" can take place in the next four months, according to Gizmag.
There really are in doubt: to create currents and voltages of sufficient force a flying "donut" take a very powerful power supply quite lightweight. What solutions are there on a sign at the Subrata — is unknown. What can we say about the possible scale of the invention in a big way, perhaps even to the manned version.
Moreover, the question remains about the connection of the unit to the ground station to transmit data or receive commands. Because the plasma surrounding the "plate" will interfere with the passage of the waves.
Despite all this, Roy believes that, in theory, the principle of the drive must operate in large aircraft. And in general — "all the materials needed to build such a machine — there" — says the innovator.
The main advantage of WEAV vertical take-off in front of cars of other types of Americans believes in the complete absence of moving parts of his offspring. This should make WEAV much more reliable means of transportation (at least) cameras or sensors than any machine with screws or fans in the body (like this personalized "flying saucer").
There is a logical question — whether the mover will work in space? There is no air (or rather, in terms of the immediate vicinity of the Earth — almost none). But there you can find a plasma, a variety of particles from the solar wind … Can not you adapt this principle to break up the ship in a vacuum?
Another thing, which in this case will need to power the system, and what will drive efficiency, which is almost nothing to be "lean." But a lot depends on the size and weight of our "ambassadors". Not long ago, an American engineer has developed a space station the size of a coin.
Still remember that some support media can be created artificially. As in the project with the cosmic magnetic sail, "illuminated" powerful plasma beam.
The drive of this kind may be the first step on the path away from the "beaten track" — rocket engines. And before you know it, and to close the hyperdrive.
A researcher from Florida, and he talks about the use of space WEAV, just a little bit in a different way. He is confident that this type of "saucers" could be useful in the study of other planets with an atmosphere. "Say, this" magic carpet "will be an ideal tool for the study of Titan, a moon of Saturn, which has low gravity and atmosphere with a very high density", — said Roy.
Interestingly, this system grew out of a series of extensive research in the field of Roy "plasma actuator", funded by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the results of which were published in 15 scientific journals. And because the Air Force, and NASA have already expressed an interest in WEAV, there is a chance that some of this insane venture that be to let him be. Even though no concrete plans to finance further development of the "plates" of these respected agencies — no.
"Of course, the risk is very high, but the payoff is worth it — the author says optimistically project — In case of success, we will have a plane," flying saucer "and the helicopter rolled into one."
Unfortunately more recent information about this project, I did not find. Maybe the project is not found investors and gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. I hope that someday it will realize.