1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Jet + ion lifting hovering jet will it work?

  1. Nov 19, 2007 #1
    ok, im not a physics student, engineer, or mathematician, but i have an idea i need to know will work or not. we've all undoubtedly seen star wars ep 1 with the podracer race....floating engines. would an alternator connected to a turbojet produce enough voltage to power an ion lifter? are there any ion lifters powerful enough to lift a jet engine?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 27, 2007 #2
    Do you know anything about ION loudspeakers?

    Link:
    http://www.ee.vill.edu/ion/p12.html
    If you can move air to generate sound, then why not lift?

    You could be on to something.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2007 #3

    russ_watters

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Deep Space One used ion propulsion. It used solar panels to generate about enough thrust to lift a piece of paper. It take a lot of power to generate thrust that way. Too much for it to be viable for a VTOL aircraft.

    Here's the biggest we currently have: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/features/nep_prometheus.html
     
  5. Nov 28, 2007 #4

    LURCH

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Besides, if you've already got a jet engine, you could divert the thrust from that to be self-levitating, and you'd get a lot more power from them!
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?



Similar Discussions: Jet + ion lifting hovering jet will it work?
  1. Ion Propulsion (Replies: 9)

Loading...