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Flying on Air-Build A Real Hovercraft

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Flying on Air-Build A Real Hovercraft
By CalebK.
Two Questions That Would Need Further Investigation
1: Could the scientists have created a hovercraft that didn’t need a surface at all?
2: Will the scientists create a larger hovercraft with the exact same engine/cushion? If they did, they would have to make the actual craft lighter so the cushion could still support the weight of the craft.
Sources
<http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Aero_p036.shtml>

http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/hovercraft.html

http://aerofex.com/theaerox/


Why I Selected This Article
I selected this article because it involves engineering, of which I enjoy learning about and creating. This piece of engineering is very helpful to people for transportation and carrying supplies to a designated area. If the hovercraft is opened the public, it would be a great tool to use in everyday labor, and rescue.
The people that were involved were John M. Davis and Aerofex. John Davis was the one that doubted the Aerofex hovercraft but still thought that is was a great piece of machinery. Aerofex was the one that created the new hovercraft.
Riding On Air-Build A Real Hovercraft
How This Article Relates To S.T.E.M.
This relates to engineering because you’re engineering a hovercraft. The way that this has to do with engineering is that you're putting together a vehicle with different parts and science. It helps people by allowing them to transport in difficult situations. That is how this article relates to S.T.E.M.
What I Didn't Know Before Reading This Article
1: I didn’t know that you could create a cushion of air to support the craft and a passenger.
2: I didn't even think that hovercrafts were being developed
3: I didn’t know that if you created a tight, baggy, and loose bag that it would create different conclusions.
What Happened

The Aerofex hovercraft idea is a new twist of the old idea. At least it was to John M. Davis who was a technical director for the AHSI. (American. Helicopter. Society. International.) John Davis had said that the hovercraft had been bouncing around since the 1950's and 60's. John liked the new Aerofex hovercraft, but he still doubted that it passed the "so what test." Davis quoted, "It is a very fascinating vehicle to look at and watch operate, but can it find a really unique mission that warrants its full development."Aerofex thinks that the hovercraft is a perfect communing vehicle for the future. They think that it will be very helpful for communities and everyday labor if they could release the hovercraft to the public. They are planning to release the hovercraft in 2017 to the public. Aerofex is also making a hoverbike. Aerofex quoted, “You can hover over land like a Jedi from ‘Star Wars’”.

John M. Davis
Project
First I will make a hot air balloon from a lightweight plastic bag, paper band, thread, cellophane tape, and paper clips. Inflate the bag with hot air from a hair dryer. When it's full, I will release it, and try to measure how high the balloon flies, and time how long it stays in the air before returning. Then I will get a helium-filled balloon and tie a small sand bag to the bottom. Lastly I will adjust the amount of sand in the bag until the balloon floats just off the ground.

Who Was Involved
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