Electrostatic Hovercraft

Submitted by: Tiredofnicks 9 years ago in Science

It flies by using static electricity.
There are 40 comments:
Male 382
I wonder, if utilised properly, how much such a device can lift, and now much energy is needed.
Baalthazaq: Please link to this vacuum test? I`m curious to learn more.
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Male 957
idk this isnt too impressive at all. the strings didnt help things any
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Female 2,084
yea. real safe.
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Female 1,832
*YAWN*
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Male 442
comming soon to your local toys R us
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Male 72
Me wanty.
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Male 1,725
mythbusters used this abd btw, no anti gravity here :)
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Male 1,704
wonder if there hair stuck up every time it had the elec generated frew it.
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Male 10
I`ve worked the the guy in the video before. Nope, nothing impressive, he just likes screwing around with stuff like that, then try to make it impressive so he can get people to join the group. Funny how in over 8 years, he still hasn`t gotten his `non-profit` to do anything towards its goal.
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Male 1,364
that was dumb
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Male 1,111
Actually I`m pretty sure the triangle is a better shape than a sphere. Just my opinion. But I think it helps keep the electric flow more constant and keep the "updraft" of the ionized air under it. A sphere would just sit there because there would be no edges to catch the ionized air.


Just my opinion, could be wrong.

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Female 1,007
I read that as "Hoveround". Grandma would not like.
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Male 115
get a life then get laid
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Male 275
`Lets take a peek underneath`
BZZZZT
`....Professor?.....Professer!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!`
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Female 525
seen it on mythbusters b4
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Male 3,431
The problem is the shape. I daresay, as retarded as it may sound, if they had made the object shperical it would have likely worked better.
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Male 280
Yet again, another day where iab proves that it is the absolute best at digging up ancient fossils of amusement and proving that there are still people Stu there that can be blow away by them...
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Male 4,547
Yup. IIRC for ages no one was sure what was lifting it, because it actually still lifted in a "vacuum" so they were claiming it couldn`t be ionic wind, turns out it just wasn`t a very good vacuum.

Retested in a more complete vacuum and nada, no lift whatsoever.

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Male 1,496
that looks safe.
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Male 10
the only decent part it right at the end where he gets elctrocuted
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Male 84
... that was stupid.. most the time it just fell in the ground lol
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Male 1,217
FLY IT AROUND AND ZAP PEOPLE.

im tellin yah, when im adult life is gonna be fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukeedd upp.

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Male 170
The stability is the problem, notice how rubbish it was before it was fully guyed. That`s one reason why aeroplanes are not shaped like flying saucers.
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Male 1,033
Ahahah. These things are built at extreme cutting edge of design. So they`re always one step away from bursting into flame
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Male 838
This is really old! And really not that impressive since it`s made out of ultra light material and must be connect to a very heavy generator ir order to produce the amount of Voltage needed. But it`s fun to watch tough.
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Male 452
I saw this one on mythbusters once. A good idea is to tie it down because if it touches you you are gonna get a rude surprise :P
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Male 234
Wewt it`s ufo. Get the laserguns ready!
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Male 602
Mythbusters says that touching that while it is flying will kill you because lots and lots of volts are going through it.
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Male 1,465
@jebler

Relax, it`s real. It`s a simple ionocraft known as a "lifter". And it was attached to wires … but they were anchoring it to the ground and feeding electric current into it.

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Male 185
Lol noobs.
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Male 126
I want THAT in car form!
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Male 1,142
im reluctant to trust low quality video like this one. even if this is based on something that is real, the way it moved looks like it was on strings. its hard to see strings in high quality video.
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Female 201
Won`t play. Anybody else suffering from random non-playing Youtube videos? Seems to be about 10% of my downloads.
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Male 5
It is effictively made of that stuff. There is a wire above the tin foil that has a High voltage running through it. This ionises the air around it and this ionised air is then attracted to the tin foil below. This movement of air creates thrust and the object lifts.
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Female 39
lol that was funny. what was it made outta? looked like cardboard, toothpicks and tin foil
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Male 223
ha, if you look at the end of the credits it says, ``all rights reserved`` but then below that is says, ``all wrongs revenged``
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Male 1,111
mythbusters already did this. I thought it was going to be something that could carry weight.
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Male 29
ooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwww pretty! i want too touch it or lick it!!!!
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Female 362
Sweet! Hovercafts ftw!
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Male 5,094
Link: Electrostatic Hovercraft [Rate Link] - It flies by using static electricity.
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