How To Operate A Flying Saucer|
12:52am BST 05/08/2007
A Californian-based company has invented a flying
saucer that could be available for purchase from next year.
How to operate the M200G:
Since computers control the vehicle's
stability during operation, the pilot can only control speed and
The vehicle has two hand-operated controls
to direct the desired manoeuver.
The left hand control twists to select
desired altitude, and moves forwards and backwards to select the
rate of climb and descent.
The right-hand control twists to select
direction and moves side to side to provide traverse movement during
hover and early transition. This same control moves forward and
backward to determine speed and braking.
How the M200G works:
The M200G’s performance is similar to that
of a light helicopter, but its computerised control system restricts
it to within 10 feet of the ground.
The vehicle uses multiple thrust-generating
fans. Each fan is enclosed in a housing and provides thrust under
the control of an independent flight control computer.
The system ensures that each fan is
available to provide stability and control during flight.
In the event that a controller, fan or
engine fails, the others will maintain the vehicle’s attitude until
the vehicle can land safely.
The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 100
miles per hour, and is fuelled by a mixture of ethanol and
Original article: Telegraph
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