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sixscrews
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Re: The hoverskirt wins
sixscrews   4/5/2017 8:06:21 PM
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Thanks, Ron

I just tried a concrete reinforced kilt with my neighbor's Dyson vacuum cleaner but ran out of extension cord.  Need a really big flying power supply, I guess.

Control system was a large broom - didn't do much good.  Black conical hat worked better as I waved it back and forth after landing in the lake near my home.

Seems like an Nth order control problem - the object under control bring my brain (or so my wife says).  On the other hand, I was using her broom and hat.

wb/ss

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Re: The hoverskirt wins
Ron Neale   4/5/2017 6:15:27 PM
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sixscrews:- you use the advantage of the  high power-to-weight ratio of a modern vacuum cleaner motor in a lightweight compressor. A slight lean in the direction you which to travel deals with the steering. Or some small flaps which can be monetarily opened or mometarily touch the ground with your feet. Your homework assignment research the size of the smallest one  person hovercraft ever constructed then remove the area needed to support the fan and steering apparatus and you have the Hoverskirt. (Voice stage right- must be a slow news day in the memory business Ron)

 

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Re: The hoverskirt wins
sixscrews   4/5/2017 6:02:18 PM
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Good point - and I weigh more than 200 lb and don't own any Dyson vacuum cleaners (and how does a vacuum help me levitate?).

More to the point, the lifting capacity is one thing, the controlling capability is aonther.

Lift 200 lbs - well, OK - skirt, pants, whatever.

Keep 200 lbs stable - that's antother thing.  

Maybe we should consider kilts.

wb

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Re: The hoverskirt wins
Ron Neale   4/5/2017 4:45:58 PM
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Sixscrews:- Do the calculation the pressure you would need at the bottom of each pant leg of your HovePants to support a 150lb  man would very high and the feet would cause all sorts of airflow and stability problems.  Whereas the HoverSkirt with a much larger area would only require a relatively low pressure. The required pressure differential  for a flared skirt easily generated by a couple of modern  Dyson vacuum cleaner motors. 

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Re: The hoverskirt
sixscrews   4/5/2017 4:14:07 PM
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Oogh - what about HoverPants(TM - pending) (c - pending)?

Two better than one - and more attitude adjustment options, as in 'guy who fly with two pants wind up on head.'

wb/ss

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Re: Iron Man jetpack
David Ashton   4/4/2017 4:11:33 PM
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@Max...  ESC Silicon Valley in December?

<sigh> It's looking good...but I have been saying that for years....... :-)

Rest assured, when I'm gonna get to one you'll be the first to know....

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Re: Iron Man jetpack
Max The Magnificent   4/4/2017 3:50:47 PM
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@David: ...I think I'll stick to the airlines...

Speaking of which.... ESC Silicon Valley in December?

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David Ashton   4/4/2017 3:48:58 PM
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@Max...yes, I have visions of going *** over ***, not to mention ending up with scorch marks all over your anatomy......  I think I'll stick to the airlines.

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Re: Iron Man jetpack
Max The Magnificent   4/4/2017 3:45:14 PM
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@David: ...an irresistable urge to scratch your head (or somewhere else)...

I don;t like where you're going you would end up going with this LOL

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Iron Man jetpack
David Ashton   4/4/2017 3:15:58 PM
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Very cool...but what happens if you get an irresistable urge to scratch your head (or somewhere else) while in flight?

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