A student from Princeton University created the first prototype of a flying fairy-tale flying carpet.
As was told in fairy tales, the carpet-plane is a certain means of transportation. The very idea of creating such an aircraft from ancient centuries stirs inquisitive minds who have invested a lot of effort in the implementation of this idea. So far unsuccessfully, it is necessary to notice. And recently, in the laboratories of Princeton University, they created a prototype of a miniature-sized carpet-plane capable of flying through the air. Of course, the prototype is not made of carpet material, as it should be in children's fairy tales, but of a plastic sheet measuring ten centimeters, which has truly fantastic possibilities.
The flying carpet is the brainchild of Noah Jefferis, a student at Princeton University. The “device” is permeated by a complex system of electrical sensors and conductive fibers. Powerful magnetic and electric fields, which are created as a result of the movement of current pulses of a certain shape, interact with air molecules and lead to the formation of an air front, having the form of "ripples". These air waves or fountains are directed from the central part of the plastic plate to its edge, thereby creating lift. By changing the direction of the air flow with the help of electric control, it is possible to provide the movement of the plate horizontally at low speed - about one centimeter per second.
It should be noted that the very idea of such a motor system was read by Jefferis from the publications of Harvard University professor Mahadeven, who described in detail all the theoretical foundations of his idea. The idea was so sunk into the soul of Jefferis that he immediately went to the laboratory and began to try to make it a reality. Two years later, hard work in the laboratory appeared the first sample of the flying "carpet".
Aircraft Carpet does not use repulsive magnetic fields, anti-gravity or other fiction techniques in its system. The essence of his work is somewhat similar to a ship having an air cushion. The only difference is the absence of any mechanical and moving parts in the “carpet” that can be broken or clogged with dirt. But, taking into account modern technologies and existing materials, we made an assessment of the possibilities of such a “carpet”: in order to take to the air one “crew member” would need a “carpet” with a wingspan of 50 meters. But researchers have already begun to consider the principle of movement of the wing-fin near the manta ray (Manta Birostris), the use of which, in their opinion, should significantly increase the efficiency of movement of the device. In addition, work is underway to install photovoltaic cells on the surface of the “carpet”, the task of which will be to provide additional energy, which will make it possible to reduce the weight of the “carpet” power batteries.
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