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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:24 pm

If a professor at the University of Florida (U.F.) has his way, the first flying saucer to grace Planet Earth's skies isn't likely to come from outer space but rather from Gainesville, where the faculty member is drawing up plans to build a circular aircraft that can hover in the air like a helicopter without any moving parts or fuel.

In other words, it will look like a UFO, but will actually be more of an IFO—an identified flying object.

The saucer will hover and propel itself using electrodes that cover its surface to ionize the surrounding air into plasma. Gases (such as air, which has an equal number of positive and negative charges) become plasma when energy (such as heat or electricity) causes some of the gas's atoms to lose their negatively charged electrons, creating atoms with a positive charge, or positive ions, surrounded by the newly detached electrons. Using an onboard source of energy (such as a battery, ultracapacitor, solar panel or any combination thereof), the electrodes will send an electrical current into the plasma, causing the plasma to push against the neutral (noncharged) air surrounding the craft, theoretically generating enough force for liftoff and movement in different directions (depending on where on the craft's surface you direct the electrical current).

The concept sounds far-fetched, but U.F. mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professor Subrata Roy plans to have a mini model ready to demonstrate his theory within the next year.


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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:40 pm

well its about time :-° :-D
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby bigh0rt » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:49 pm

In the year 2000 we'll all have flying cars.
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby DaShiz23 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:16 pm

Yet the cure for AIDS is where?
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby Snakes Gould » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:21 pm

DaShiz23 wrote:Yet the cure for AIDS is where?


well considering that a flying saucer is a lot of the same technology that we've already had and the "cure for aids" is essentially a discovery, im not too worried.


not to mention id rather see a permanent cure for cancer before aids. :-°
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:27 pm

DaShiz23 wrote:Yet the cure for AIDS is where?

The aerospace engineer will get right on that. :-t :-t
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby NorthSider2 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:30 pm

How much }:-)
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby DaShiz23 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:31 pm

It just seems messed up to me the amount of money and time being spent on things that do not benefit us in any real way. It could be that I am messed up, or the beers, but the way our world is going these days, why are we not working to better life?
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby bigh0rt » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:32 pm

DaShiz23 wrote:It just seems messed up to me the amount of money and time being spent on things that do not benefit us in any real way. It could be that I am messed up, or the beers, but the way our world is going these days, why are we not working to better life?

I have no problem with the country controlling the population by not releasing their already found cures for AIDS and cancer.

/conspiracy theory O:-)
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Re: Flying Saucers on the way.

Postby blubombers » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:33 pm

Pogotheostrich wrote:
DaShiz23 wrote:Yet the cure for AIDS is where?

The aerospace engineer will get right on that. :-t :-t


CLASSIC!!! :-°
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