All Electronic airfoil lift system

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Project out line

To develop a new and novel means that will replace or augment  a conventional aircraft.

Conventional systems

In the last hundred years or so since aircraft of various types have taken to the sky’s the basic principle of lift and propulsion have not changed. Variations on, Propeller systems whereby air is moved at speed producing thrust and some lift, Jet engines where an indirect action is achieved by gases being ejected, to a direct system reaction where a rocket engine is used.

Other types of aerial vehicles exist such as the helicopter, the hang glider, the hot air balloon, but they are all variations of the above. No New system has been proposed or employed, all new work in this area has been in improvements in the above systems.

Limitations of conventional systems

With few exceptions all cargo / passenger aircraft require a runway and lots of space, they are nosey expensive to maintain few have vertical lift capacity and even then they are restricted to the military Usage.

Proposed system

A design that produce no major noise, requires no runway and yet has a lift capacity in the tonnage range. There are many other features to this design but these points alone alerts one to the commercial value of such a system.

Experimental work to date

The theory and principle has been looked at by several professional colleagues the general consensus is that the principle will work, However the question remains how efficient will the system prove, by that I do not mean energy input in this regard no matter how energy inefficient the system may prove their will still be uses for it. Rather I meant the amount of charge that can be generated to produce lift.



Example if we can only charge a small number of molecules [ one extra electron per molecule ] the system will theoretically work but will produce very little lift, on the other hand if we were to charge every molecule the lift capacity would be huge, The proposed experiment will attempt to answer this question.

The limiting factor will be the ability of the air to maintain a charge under normal conditions air is a poor medium however there are several possibilities to improve this but first I must establish the amount of air that can be charged and the amount of displacement between any two molecules.

The system has merit we know the principle works the cost of proving it beyond shadow of a doubt or not. Is relatively inexpensive compared to the possible returns?

Further experiment work has been carried out were a model has lift several feet and maintained its position as long as power was supplied. However this levitation experiment has opened several question in that the experiment was done by other parties and for a different reason. Yet it is a perfect demonstration of the enclosed principle.

Balloon aerospace airfoil lift system by charged ionisation of air

The concept outlines a method for the lifting of an aerial platform based primary on varying air density, although aspects of the system may be used for propulsion.

A example would be a hot air balloon where the principle is to heat air in a envelope there-by the air contained in the envelope expands, consequently the density of air in the envelope is less than the surrounding air.

Another way to achieve this effect is to use static high voltage or ionisation principles along the following lines.

We would have seen at school, the gold leaf experiment were a high voltage is applied to two gold leaves forcing them apart, or the principle of two ping pong like balls being forced apart by giving them a like charge.

In effect a like charge on any two materials will force those materials apart this is the case with air molecules.

It is proposed that a platform be constructed of suitable material with a power unit that can produce high voltage ionised field in the surrounding air above to achieve lift of the airfoil. The principle being that the charge applied to the surrounding air above the platform  would make the air molecules move apart, for example by one diameter.

The propagating charged field will make the density of air above is less then the density below, thereby producing a differential and so would produce lift.

There are a number of means to achieve this charging of the air, the field would continually leak away but be maintained by the power unit. To prevent the charge being formed below, the platform would need to be insulated and a means to ground the charge be provided. The method for charging a large volume of air can be by a number of means.

In addition to the above because the air may be charged / discharged a means of propulsion is possible, either by manipulating the charged field or by introducing a carrier into the charged medium and controlling the carrier the same way.

The advantage of such a system is that whilst incorporating a large volume of light air, it is not constrained by a physical envelope, further more it is not wind prone as the platform would have a very small cross section.

Insulators would be required on a landing platform or other means to prevent discharge on landings and take of.

It must be remembered that a hot air balloon can produce a pressure differential in the tonnage range.

In the example if an air molecule is displaced by a factor of one diameter an envelope of five ton of air would have a lift capacity of two and a halve tones. The amount of lift would be proportional to the charge and volume of air in the charged field.

Increased capacity would be by multiple units of a the above propogating field.

A Cuthbert 

Cuthbert's  Charged Balloon.


Define units for piconewton    and nanon 

Avogadro's number is the number of molecules in the volume   of gas at standard temperature and pressure and is 

The dielectric constant of free space is 

The charge on an electron is

The average distance between the molecules is  so


If the air molecules were not moving and each carried a charge of one electron the repulsive Coulomb force between them would be   so 

If this force is shared over the area represented by the square of molecular separation the initial pressure is     so     WOW.

This is conservative because the molecules are moving and the inverse square law means that the gain in repulsion due to a reduction in separation is much greater than the loss due to an increase. However the change is force will also affect the separation and  I am not yet able to calculate the magnitude.


If the gas were allowed to expand the pressure will fall with the fourth power of the separation distance because the reduced force is acting over an increased area. The ratio of P0 to atmospheric is    ie 

This means that effective density will fall by   ie

Such a large reduction in density would be very useful.


If we cannot have one electron charge for every molecule then the effect will fall with the square of the reduction ratio.


If we can measure the difference in the currents going into a sharp-ended brush placed inside the balloon and any current coming out of the balloon skin over a given time period we can estimate the fraction of molecules getting a charge. 


The charge for one-per-one in Vgas is   ie 

Even taking  would need a current of   ie 







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