“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”― Dr. Emmett Brown – 1985 film Back to the Future written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
Though entirely based on existing technology, and demonstrated scientific theory, what I propose is such a level of new thought in their re-purposing and application that I cannot assume the typical tech shorthand and trendy jargon to earn your acceptance.
What follows is a brief as possible summation, of my ecocentric, adaptive, resilient electric transportation system that is distinguished by its exploitation of the surface effect or most commonly known as the wing in ground effect regime of travel.
I view the ‘Surface Effect’ flight regime as wholly distinct from both the pure marine and aeronautical, and that current and proposed design suffers from a refusal frame their design-language from this perspective.
I attempt in this summary to gain popular interest and discussion on this approach while at the same time protect my interests and so, please, keep in mind that my description is limited in scope, with key proprietary aspects withheld until such time as I own the resources to enforce my rights.
Through Project Sea Shadow, I seek to create an electric transport system that centers on the demonstration of an Electric Hydrofoil Assisted V/STOL Surface Effect Vehicle that is the equivalent of the venerable C-130 Hercules.
The proposed design is modular, intended first, but not limited to High-Speed, Large Capacity Intracoastal Passenger and Freight services with the intent of seamlessly optimizing usage of our existing modes of transportation including boat, bus, and rail, complementing or bypassing hub-and-spoke air route systems on demand, and so provide greater access via low-cost point-to-point services.
I use the term SEV (Surface Effect Vehicle) in reference to what is stubbornly termed by many as a WIG (Wing-In-Ground) effect vehicles despite being legally classified as sea vessels. No Horseless Carriages but Cars, so no Wing In Ground but Surface Effect. My proposed variant is to be orders of magnitude more agile and therefore more mission adaptive, safer, and more resilient than any WIG craft proposed or currently operating on land or sea.
On a human scale, think of an Olympic figure skater on the ice, who much the same as a ballerina, through their expertise is perceived as if suspended from an invisible wire going through their solar plexus. From this illusory weightless centering, their arms serve as counter-weights and wings, their legs radiating out and downwards, seeming to occasionally to push off the ground to float in differing trajectories.
Think also of our advanced 4th and 5th generation jet fighters which are intentionally unstable but through the aid of advanced sensors and software-managed controls, highly controllable. Even in the most violent High-G maneuvers, the physics expressed by a jet’s flight control systems are the same smooth movements seen expressed by the aforementioned ice skaters and dancers. My goal is to achieve this same smooth agility by a combination of aeroelastic blended wing body, hydrofoils, and vectored thrust.
Normally Seaplanes and WIG ships seek to avoid contact with the water, while my goal is to use intermittent water contact in precise-measure, as I said, through the use of unique hydrofoils that dip into the water without the ship ever leaving the relative stability of the Surface Effect Regime.
At the same time as the hydrofoils aid launch, landing, and attitude control – the Vectored Main Thrusters, Reaction Control Jets, and Morphing Aeroelastic Wingform surfaces would act in concert together to effect smooth, agile turns beyond the capacity of WIG craft whose designs are informed by an aircraft paradigm grafted onto a boat hull.
Though an emergency/auxiliary power source will be incorporated into the design, these ships will not be relying on recharging batteries for flight but will derive primary motive power from an external source.
As significant as the development of the craft will be, it is the demonstration of its corresponding cyberphysical smart road along the coastal regions, the creation of a unique virtual shipping lane that provides the greater part of positional telemetry, a standardized smart infrastructure instead of each craft owning extremely costly navigation systems from competing vendors.
Such a standard smart marine infrastructure would protect and aid in the detailed study of marine life, while safeguarding human life and property from harm, through avoiding collisions with other seagoing vessels and obscured landmasses, all this while delivering uninterrupted power on demand to each vessel in transit through radiant emission, wireless direct from grid, not far-field, not near-field power transfer, but midfield wireless power transfer that is safe, secure, resilient and purpose-built for life in a volatile world.
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483212 – Inland Water Passenger Transportation
This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing inland water transportation of passengers on lakes, rivers, or Intracoastal waterways (except on the Great Lakes System).
Cross-References | For establishments primarily engaged in . . .
- Providing deep sea transportation of passengers to and from foreign ports–are classified in U.S. Industry 483112, Deep Sea Passenger Transportation;
- Operating floating casinos (i.e., gambling cruises, riverboat gambling casinos)–are classified in Industry 713210, Casinos (except Casino Hotels);
- Operating cruise ships or ferries in coastal waters or on the Great Lakes System–are classified in U.S. Industry 483114, Coastal and Great Lakes Passenger Transportation; and
- Providing scenic and sightseeing water transportation, such as harbor cruises–are classified in Industry 487210, Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water.
Further index entries for 483212 . . .
- Canal passenger transportation
- Car lighters (i.e., ferries), inland waters (except on Great Lakes system)
- Intracoastal transportation of passengers
- Lake passenger transportation (except on Great Lakes system)
- Passenger transportation, inland waters (except on Great Lakes system)
- River passenger transportation
- Ship chartering with a crew, passenger transportation, inland waters (except on Great Lakes system)
- Water shuttle services
- Water taxi services