I have never seen anything like this, but I want one. Apparently the rotating cylinder creates lift through something called the Magnus Effect.

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Comment by Morli on June 7, 2013 at 2:34am

Cool, There is one other application similar to this one. Search for my old blogs for the link. 

Comment by Tilman Baumann on June 7, 2013 at 4:08am

Morli, I think you mean the Fan Wing. Which is not nearly as absurd and wonderful as this one.

Comment by Dave Kellum on June 7, 2013 at 4:22am
The Magus Effect was postulated by Isaac Newton in the sixteen-hundreds. I wonder how many of these have created false UFO reports over the centuries...
Comment by R. D. Starwalt on June 7, 2013 at 4:23am

Looks like the same principle as Fanwing. I think we discussed it here before.

Another article.

Agreed Scott. Neat machine but I am not sure about efficiency. Ahh.. who cares? It's cool!



Comment by R. D. Starwalt on June 7, 2013 at 4:25am

Another following Morli's post HERE.


Comment by Daniel Chote on June 7, 2013 at 4:46am
What a great project! I would definitely love to see more alternative flying machines show up on this site :)
Comment by John on June 7, 2013 at 6:34am
The same principle in baseball gives you a curveball and in golf if you're able to get a back spin on the ball it will magically rise. Neat idea just not very efficient. The lift to power ratio isn't that great but with lighter materials its probably improving.
Comment by Nick Tuttle on June 7, 2013 at 7:07am

I had a kite once that used this method. A quick googling of "magnus effect" seems to say thit it is primarily a term for rotating solid surfaces? The wikipedia entry mentions Flettner airplanes which also goes on to say should not be confused with the cyclogyro.. Is this design more of a cyclogyro without the cyclic? These are cool.

Comment by Morli on June 7, 2013 at 10:51am

yep , I was talking about  fanwing. It was a cool thing I haven't seen before.

Comment by Dave Kellum on June 7, 2013 at 1:18pm
The Flettner airplane never flew because it looked to be as heavy as the Eiffel Tower and as aerodynamic. The guy in the YouTube seems to have shed the extra tons of Flettner's design.


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