Ion Propulsion – The Plane With No Moving Parts

Ion Propulsion – The Plane With No Moving Parts

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  1. Luan Mai on September 25, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I like the way you make the airfoil asymmetric

  2. Stanley Gnoh on September 25, 2022 at 4:19 am

    There are no future for earthlings , believe it or not, mankind will end in “2028 End of the World by G.A.E.” YouTube web…..

  3. Francis Hui on September 25, 2022 at 4:21 am

    O, thx for this video
    Concept of aero engine

  4. Glen Parker on September 25, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Well if the current government is office I can see us back in the Stone Age in 2 to 6 years with no gas no electricity no manufacturing no restaurant just lots of strange looking people or whatever they call them selves trying to talk about there sex with children or anyone that will listen and with millions and millions of people from 3rd world countries that can’t read wright or do much but have sex and crap 💩 on the sidewalks it’s not looking that great for people that do work investing in these sorts of things and I doubt that China India or Russia will either

  5. Not Roboteva on September 25, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Solid State Plane

  6. Michael Borch on September 25, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Wonder if containerships could use them somehow.

  7. benjamin meza on September 25, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Ion plane can float with no sound…hmmm….UFOs….Military creates on a grander scale with top scientists. Probably already perfected this technology….the military always gets it first.

  8. Der Spinner on September 25, 2022 at 4:23 am

    I find it funny how he talks about the noise being the worst part of flying, rather the envrionmental benefects

  9. joe biden on September 25, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Its for flying people to space.

  10. Calder Wishne on September 25, 2022 at 4:25 am

    So here’s a naive idea… Nikola Tesla invented a way to power devices wirelessly. Could we possibly power ion-propulsion vehicles via a series of stationary generators on the ground? Kind of like a cross between planes, trains and phones…?

  11. matthew spence on September 25, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Man, aliens must think we are stupid

  12. ??? on September 25, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Nuclear battery’s could be a solution

  13. Owen Carey on September 25, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Scientist 1: “What are we going to call our next engine?”
    Scientist 2: “I dunno…next engine?”
    Scientist 1: “….it’s perfect.”

  14. Cæster on September 25, 2022 at 4:30 am

    No moving parts huh? What about the human

  15. Marion Mills on September 25, 2022 at 4:37 am

    This propulsion with a helium or hydrogen balloon to cancel the weight of batteries. Perhaps make it a blimp with the roll-up kind of solar panels to recharge, you could have a drone with an indefinite flight time. On occasion it would activate the engine to correct its location and then hover or ride the wind until recharged for another burst. There are all kinds of potential applications for that concept alone. Hydrogen is possible because it’s an unmanned drone, so why not? A military application beyond surveilence might be carrying a single Stinger missile that normally wouldn’t reach that high in the air and give little to no warning when fired. Another might be as an air carrier and recharge station for a drone swarm that rarely needs recharged or maintained itself. Oh yeah, the possibilities are limitless.

  16. Ralph Riffle on September 25, 2022 at 4:37 am

    This technology is not going anywhere

  17. Antichrist on September 25, 2022 at 4:38 am

    surprised with such a light aircraft they didnt just put some helium in any structural element to make a sortof zeppelin plane hybrid

  18. Weekly Daily on September 25, 2022 at 4:38 am

    So that’s how the UFOs are powered

  19. Rami Salin on September 25, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Bbbb bbhhh he hhbhvh. Hhhhh h

  20. rossft2199 on September 25, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Can someone please tell me if there is no air in space, then how can you use a thruster pushing off air to move?

  21. MaxB6852 on September 25, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Is this what powers Tic Tacs

  22. John Gordon on September 25, 2022 at 4:45 am

    The idea of game avatars that don’t really kill or hurt the game player.

  23. Sub O on September 25, 2022 at 4:48 am

    Sling shot or railgun it with the same propulsion from the ground.

  24. Kevin Luo on September 25, 2022 at 4:48 am

    I have an idea. What if we just use rubber bands?

  25. Vedic tv on September 25, 2022 at 4:51 am

    First powered aircraft made in 1895, in India, by Sree Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. That was unmanned plane, with 15 mins flight time in a single charge.

  26. George Sebastian on September 25, 2022 at 4:51 am

    I’ve been obsessed with aircraft propulsion, and one advancement is removing the need of aircraft carrier and air refuelling. and with ion concept, I think nuclear reaction would be the key

  27. simpsons Bart on September 25, 2022 at 4:52 am

    No waves in space rubbish what’s the sun putting out an what’s keeping galaxy in rotation : They may as well say there’s never any waves at sea for such logic / As for the drive system air gas Oxygen : Pizo ya fire lighter what’s free N.G quartz as one example an in under 2 seconds I have got you more then 10 times output ,?, Go figure the magic of pressure systems to hot air bloons eh ,
    An no am not going into silver tre dendrites / Graphene c_ar bonny ”Sunstone,, cal_ci tech polarization : Icelandic spar data potential , , ,
    If dat’s not a vikin N.G clue not sure what is ,

  28. Omar on September 25, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Human civilization is only until the year 2056+-, after that judgment day will find you………

  29. Conner Russian on September 25, 2022 at 4:55 am

    What if you put the same amount of engines on top to counteract the pitch and provide more thrust?

  30. Striker on September 25, 2022 at 4:57 am

    With no noise, you would never hear a plane come crashing down, you would just hear an explosion after it hits the ground

  31. HaniKhuzi creative videos on September 25, 2022 at 4:57 am

    useless ion thrusters don’t work on earth only in space

  32. Mẫn Lê on September 25, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Where are you located maybe we can team up and build an UFO? I have been making plans.

  33. Talmiior on September 25, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Since part of the issue with this is to attain flight, what if attaining flight in the first place was not an issue, and simply forward or side to side movement was all that were needed? Let’s assume we somehow developed anti-gravity engines for example. That would remove the energy needed to achieve lift. Would then the ion engines be enough to move the aircraft forward? Or is it simply an issue of optimization and the answer is always yes, given time and research?

  34. Wilton Silveira Técnico on September 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

    Se for para comparar com os irmãos Wright, tem que citar a catapulta. Se usar catapulta para lançar o avião iônico, quem sabe funcione?

    Mas eu prefiro o método do Santos Dumont, que não precisa de catapulta.

    "Entendedores entenderão".

  35. DARTHASHPIE on September 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

    Starwars time

  36. neddy laddy on September 25, 2022 at 5:02 am

    The irons are thrust out the rear, there are the moving parts and they will generate jet noise.

  37. Jacob Kirstein on September 25, 2022 at 5:02 am

    I love this video thank you

  38. BS on September 25, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Given enough time, could an ion engine in space approach relativistic speeds?

  39. Anothercg Gmail on September 25, 2022 at 5:02 am

    No rotary moving parts. Still translating parts. Is not reactionless mass, the very thing of dreams.

  40. Benjamin on September 25, 2022 at 5:05 am

    There are some minor mistakes in the video.
    The potential difference between the two electrodes (wire and wing) is 40kV, since the wire is charged to +20kV and the wing to -20kV.
    The voltage type is also DC and not AC.

    The DC voltage of the battery is converted to AC by a H-bridge circuit. This AC is transformed to a higher voltage level and finally converted to a high voltage DC by the Cockroft-Walton generator.

  41. Neil Grieve on September 25, 2022 at 5:06 am

    8:27 steve carell NOOOOOOO

  42. thebentley71 on September 25, 2022 at 5:06 am

    This is probably the only kind of propulsion that will actually work in the vacuum of space above or atmosphere, but you can only go to the solid firmament dome. Our world is a horizontal circular plane enclosed by a giant solid firmament dome. The size of world is much bigger, & there is much more land outside the Antarctica ring, that the militaries of the world will not allow us to go see.

  43. Steve Bentley on September 25, 2022 at 5:07 am

    the ionic breeze was an air cleaner back in the 2010’s, everyone thought it was a scam, but heres the scaled up version.

  44. Blue BukkitDev on September 25, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Problem is there’s still fuel required; the xenon. Once you run out, you’re done accelerating.
    We need something which can fly just from electricity or some other force.

  45. Ernie McCraven on September 25, 2022 at 5:11 am

    What if you throw something like a vortex propulsion thing in there. Pushing off the the air through that chamber on the inside. You’ll get more thrust maybe? But then consider weight and all that Idk though just stoner talk lol

  46. John Penner on September 25, 2022 at 5:11 am

    ion drive is like powering a canoe by blowing air through a straw instead of paddling directly in the medium 🤷

  47. Benjamin Mesa on September 25, 2022 at 5:13 am

    Xenon is stupidly expensive though….it’s basically the gas version of gold…

  48. Indrid Cold on September 25, 2022 at 5:14 am

    These planes have been flying for a few decades now. They have simply be kept secret. The weirdos already have a cover story for these airplanes. They believe them to be crafts of extraterrestrial origin. It never dawns on the UFO wack jobs that humans have stealth and cloaking technology. Yet, these extraterrestrial visitors do not even remember to turn off the headlights on their spacecraft.

  49. Muhammet Aydoğmuş on September 25, 2022 at 5:15 am

    0:57 in sophisticated warfare, aircrafts are spotted 10s of kilometers away with radar technology. Stealth aircrafts main focus is to be shaped in a way that radar is less effective, sound factor is very miniscule.

  50. Ethan Krauss on September 25, 2022 at 5:15 am

    Dear Brian,

    Please allow people to see my comments or add some sort of addendum that lets people know that there is an earlier more efficient ion propelled craft that is patented for having onboard power.

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