Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Flying Saucer Of Your Own

"The Ultimate Off Road Vehicle"

For about $100,000, you can soon own your own flying saucer. The makers claim it can scoot along, above most terrain, suspended on a cushion of air, at ten feet and travelling at a decent click of 50mph.

From Sky News :

US company Moller International has begun to manufacture parts for its Jetsons-like personal flying pod, the M200G Volantor.

The M200G is the size of a small car and is designed to take off and land vertically.

Company founder Dr Paul Moller calls the craft "the ultimate off-road vehicle" as it is able to travel over any surface.

"It's not a hovercraft, although its operation is just as easy," said the aeronautical engineering boffin.

"You can speed over rocks, swampland, fences, or log-infested waterways with ease because you're not limited by the surface."

The flying saucer is designed to fly at an altitude of up to three metres, where it benefits from extra lift created by a cushion of air - known as ground effect.

This allows the M200G to glide over terrain at 50mph, powered by eight of the company's Rotapower rotary engines.

But what about off-world capabilities?

What's the use of having your own flying saucer if you can't get into space, dammit.

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