British Start-Up Tests Flying Saucers
Posted by keelynet on August 15, 2009
Love the story of how this got started from reports of strange flying devices which were found to be models the inventor was testing. I am pleased to see something useful coming out of it.
“A new British start-up, Aesir, has acquired the assets of a defunct drone company and is working on evolving a working model from several prototypes of “flying saucer” drones. “Aesir’s first prototype, named ‘Embler’ […] demonstrates the so-called ‘Coanda effect,’ where air speeds up as it ‘sticks’ to a curved surface. Aesir’s drones take advantage of the Coanda effect to direct air down, away from the drone, boosting lift. Aesir doesn’t appear to have any paying customers yet — and is reportedly bankrolled by a single investor.” / Aesir video of its prototype vertical take-off and landing unmanned aircraft, which uses the Coanda effect to generate lift by blowing air from a central fan over its curved surface. Aesir was formed to develop the UAV when original developer GFS Projects ran out of money – GFS stood for Geoff’s Flying Saucers, named after original designer Geoff Hatton. See http://www.aesir-uas.com. For a video of the latest Embla demonstrator flying (with sound), go to youtube.com/watch?v=0XgVYG1yy68 – (Imagine these scaled up enough to carry a human pilot and/or passenger(s)! – JWD)” – Source and the Youtube Source
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