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    For Geeks Only!

    Lately, I keep reading articles and seeing images/videos about new travel technology and low/zero carbon travel.

    When I say "new" these are actually "old" ideas, revisited.

    However, like most concepts, I wonder if they will ever see the light of day?

    Brittany Ferries "Seaglider", Portsmouth to Cherbourg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Rh4LhuQxg
    See my cruise blog: HERE

    #2
    Ground Effect Vehicles are already in operation Malcolm, albeit not to the size of the Sea Monsters in the video, in some of the larger lakes around the world.

    But therein lies the problem for sea crossings. These vehicles can only operate on calm waters such as lakes.

    Sea crossings such as the English Channel would be rarely calm enough for a scheduled service.................Wilba
    Wilba

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      #3
      Thank Wilba, but this one is electric!

      I hope it uses Duracell.

      So it all this talk of "Zero" carbon travel, just a band-wagon or are they serious?
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        #4
        Did we not used to call these things Hydrofoils?

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          #5
          Originally posted by BigMac, Glasgow View Post
          Did we not used to call these things Hydrofoils?
          Hydrofoils have bits in the water that create the lift.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post

            Hydrofoils have bits in the water that create the lift.
            Yes, a Hydrofoil is a sort of boat on water skis:

            https://youtu.be/7SRG6Vg6Hzk

            A 'Seaglider' or Ecranoplan, as the Russian's called them, is a very low flying aeroplane!

            https://youtu.be/x22nVFTd8nI
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              #7
              For those wondering 'What's the Point of it all', when an aircraft/vehicle sits in ground effect, i.e. a cushion of air a few feet beneath the wing and ground/sea surface, once it becomes airborne using normal take off power, the power can then be dramatically reduced way beyond normal cruise power to remain in its airborne state.

              The cost savings in fuel for a given speed can be massive.

              The use of electric power would have similar benefits..........Wilba
              Wilba

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                #8
                Might work in calm empty waters but across one of the busiest shipping waters in the world?

                Will it need a 75 mile long cable if it is to be electric powered or battery charging stations on the way?

                Consultants hyping it up, and everything else, to get awarded a study contract?

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                  #9
                  Then we have this low carbon flight innovation:

                  https://youtu.be/Qw4vEXqrx3M


                  Can you ever imagine "EasyBlimp"?

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