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At Electron Air we honor the inventors of the past, without them we would be nowhere. Major De Seversky, TT Brown, and all of the inventors that have made advances in this subject before us. Even the inventors who are "failures" show us what not to do! If they would've kept trying eventually they would likely have succeeded!
While many steering systems for the invention have been tried in the past, this is the first time that an agile and low power loss one has been fully designed and implemented.
We received a micro grant from the Stardust Startup factory in 2016 and have not forgotten them. If anyone else would like to invest, we will repay people according to how soon they invested. It is probable there will be a large return, though it is not guaranteed. We are doing this for good before money. We do however see the largest money making potential as a possibility.
Q: Doesn't this type of propulsion create toxic O3 and Nitrogen compounds?
A: The way we do it, no, otherwise, yes. (See our technical explanation).
Q: Isn't this form of propulsion terribly inefficient?
A: It is pretty good the way we do it. The early prototypes that worked, had unstable thrust levels, but flew a little longer than the small helicopters that were available at the time. The way it was done in the past and by our "competitor" was not efficient. Soon it will be more efficient than other forms of flight, for lightweight applications.
Q: Doesn't the high voltage used create an electrocution hazard?
A: For our systems, only micro-amps of current are used, so, even though the voltage is high, it is safe. If it is not done in this way, it is dangerous.
Q: Why have you succeeded, when others have not?
A: Partly, because I have done 1000s of carefully planned experiments over the course of 19 years. I had 20 years of engineering and industrial experience before that as well. I think of the device usually as a complete system and kept my mind working on it most of the time for the past 19 years. Another thing is, I do sort of a mini dissertation, or at least it feels like it for each component. They are all like links in a chain. If I just hired another electrical engineer to make the power supply, or a physicist etc., I wouldn't have gotten it working.
Q: Isn't it true that these don't work in a vacuum?
A: It is true that ion wind doesn't work in a vacuum however, it may be possible to make some adjustments to get these to work at a very high altitude. Also, since ion propulsion can be made to operate with very small amounts of propellant in a vacuum and the device can carry a very small propellant tank, it surely could work in space for a while. While I don't claim that this device is anything like a spacecraft in its current form, it is interesting to note, that the ion propelled dawn spacecraft accelerates at about .000014 m/s^2 vs this craft at greater than 14 m/s^2......
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