A big fan of the Jetsons, engineer Eddie Edwards has designed a personal electric hovercraft. Propelled by a lift fan driven by a lithium-ion battery source that runs one hour between charges, he claims his device can achieve a maximum vertical lift of 5 cm, so long as the rider weighs no more than 95 kg. His newest prototype features ducted thrust to propel and steer the board.
Allied Part #
AC Impeller CFM 710
Other supplies: 1 top board and baseboard and 4 spacer boards (aluminum/honeycomb composite); 1 48-V power system (lithium ion); 1 motor controller; 1 segmented hovercraft skirt (rubberized nylon); assorted nuts, bolts, cables, and connectors.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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