8.The Tornado

The Tornado

Fusion Powered Flight

A possible configuration for a flying vehicle.

©Peter Thomson 1999/2002

An efficient propulsion system requires a good power source, an efficient method of transforming that power into thrust for forward movement, and lift, preferably without carrying the reaction mass in or onthe vehicle and an effective way of reducing the friction between the vehicleand the air through which it moves.

The proposed power source is a fusion engine developed from the plasma charged sheath vortex.

The driving mechanism would be a ring of such small plasma fusion vortices and this is going to define the shape of the flying vehicle. A smaller vehicle would have the cabin sitting within the driving ring with some shielding to protect the cabin from the electromagnetic fields and the low levels of X rays, whereas a larger vehicle would need to becylindrical in shape with the rings of the power source forming one or morerings around the cylinder.

The driving force is provided by the pulse of electromagnetic fields produced by  fusion pulses from each unit. This sweeps the air from ahead of the vehicle round and past the vehicle to provide the necessary thrust for both forward motion and lift. The coupling between the electromagnetic fields and the airflow needs to be maximized, and this is achieved by injecting charged ions into the airflow ahead of the vehicle.

 To do this the exhaust pulse from the vortex sheath is directed forward in a very narrow, hot jet of intensely ionised gas. This mixes with the surrounding air, before being swept back by the next pulse. This forward directed jet serves another important function, as an aerospike, it provides an almost perfect aerodynamic envelope for the vehicle, and prevents shockwaves from being produced by the leading surfaces of the vehicle.

Unlike the jet engine, which directs a very small mass back at very high speed, or the propeller engine which directs a small volume of air backwards at high speed to achieve forward motion, the fusion vortex drive is accelerating a very large mass of surrounding air to relatively low velocities to achieve almost silent propulsion.

The vehicle is highly manoeuvrable at any speed, from hovering to rapid changes of direction at high speed. The fusion power source could provide extremely high power to weight ratios.

Because the drive mechanism directly uses the electromagnetic pulse to accelerate the external air, this vehicle will only fly within a planetary atmosphere – it is not a space vehicle. The fusion power source could be adapted to heat and acceleration reaction mass carried by the vehicle to produce a rocket engine, but such technology is far more complex and advanced than the simple ‘saucer’ technology.

The fusion vortex drive vehicle will also be almost invisible to radar because of the ionised cloud of gas that surrounds it.

The small fusion power source described is easy to handle, but a larger device requires much more complex engineering, particularly its cooling requirements, and the temperature gradients at the core become very difficult to manage.

A small flying vehicle would need to be light in weight, spherical with a drive ring annulus round the body. A larger vehicle could have several rings but this rapidly becomes unmanageable.

A much heavier vehicle could fly if the fusion drive units are extended out to form a number of spokes – giving the vehicle a wheel like appearance, with the hub forming the main cabin / cargo area.

Using the fusion tornado to power a vehicle into space requires much more complex engineering, with the fusion engine heating reaction mass to produce a rocket engine very similar to the space shuttle.

But do read the anomalies section!

When you have studied the pages you are welcome to join the discussion, but please note that any claims you make for or against these theories should be backed by scientific reasoning that can be developed from first principles.
This information is copyright Peter Thomson 2001-2004

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