Worlds Fastest Human Powered Hovercraft
Human powered vehicles are amazing devices which must be light, sturdy, and efficient in order to squeeze every last drop of power out of a person and turn it into motion. Throughout high school my team and I worked on human powered hovercrafts. We built and refined them until we succeeded in creating the fastest human powered hovercraft in the world (50ft. in 8 seconds from rest). Our design featured several critical innovations that enabled us to achieve efficient motion, such as:bernhard wunderlich dissertation
- Multi-hull design to distribute the pilot’s load and prevent rocking
- Variable pitch propellers
- Independent propulsion and lift fans
http://www.sharon-zarabi.com/web/dissertation-on-challenging-behavior/ The craft pictured below was demonstrated in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum under the
Wright brothers plane and in front of the Apollo 11 Command Module.