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The Early Development Of HovercraftBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Wed, May 27, 2015 21:07:49

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Early efforts to Develop Hovercraft

There have been many attempts to understand the principles of high air pressure below hulls and wings. To a great extent, the majority of these can be termed "ground effect" or "water effect" vehicles rather than hovercraft. The principal difference is that a hovercraft can lift itself while still, whereas the majority of other designs require forward motion to create lift. These active-motion "surface effect vehicles" are known in specific cases as ekranoplan and hydrofoils.

The first mention in the historical record of the concepts behind surface-effect vehicles that used the term hovering was by Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg in 1716.

The shipbuilder Sir John Isaac Thornycroft patented an early design for an air cushion ship / hovercraft in the 1870s, but suitable, powerful, engines were not available until the 20th century.

In 1915, the Austrian Dagobert Müller (1880–1956) built the world's first "water effect" vehicle. Shaped like a section of a large aerofoil (this creates a low pressure area above the wing much like an aircraft), the craft was propelled by four aero engines driving two submerged marine propellers, with a fifth engine that blew air under the front of the craft to increase the air pressure under it. Only when in motion could the craft trap air under the front, increasing lift. The vessel also required a depth of water to operate and could not transition to land or other surfaces. Designed as a fast torpedo boat, the Versuchsgleitboot had a top speed over 32 knots (59 km/h). It was thoroughly tested and even armed with torpedoes and machine guns for operation in the Adriatic. It never saw actual combat, however, and as the war progressed it was eventually scrapped due to the lack of interest and perceived need, and its engines returned to the Air Force.

The theoretical grounds for motion over an air layer were constructed by Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovskii in 1926 and 1927.

In 1929, Andrew Kucher of Ford began experimenting with the "Levapad" concept, metal disks with pressurized air blown through a hole in the center. Levapads do not offer stability on their own. Several must be used together to support a load above them. Lacking a skirt, the pads had to remain very close to the running surface. He initially imagined these being used in place of casters and wheels in factories and warehouses, where the concrete floors offered the smoothness required for operation. By the 1950s, Ford showed a number of toy models of cars using the system, but mainly proposed its use as a replacement for wheels on trains, with the Levapads running close to the surface of existing rails.

In 1931, Finnish aero engineer Toivo J. Kaario began designing a developed version of a vessel using an air cushion and built a prototype Pintaliitäjä (Surface Soarer), in 1937. Kaario's design included the modern features of a lift engine blowing air into a flexible envelope for lift. Kaario never received funding to build his design, however.[citation needed] Kaario's efforts were followed closely in the Soviet Union by Vladimir Levkov, who returned to the solid-sided design of the Versuchsgleitboot. Levkov designed and built a number of similar craft during the 1930s, and his L-5 fast-attack boat reached 70 knots (130 km/h) in testing. However, the start of World War II put an end to Levkov's development work.

During World War II, an engineer in the United States of America, Charles Fletcher, invented a walled air cushion vehicle, the Glidemobile. Because the project was classified by the U.S. government, Fletcher could not file a patent.

Christopher Cockerell

The idea of the modern hovercraft is most often associated with a British mechanical engineer Sir Christopher Cockerell. Cockerell's group was the first to develop the use of an annular ring of air for maintaining the cushion, the first to develop a successful skirt, and the first to demonstrate a practical vehicle in continued use.

Cockerell came across the key concept in his design when studying the ring of airflow when high-pressure air was blown into the annular area between two concentric tin cans, one coffee and the other from cat food. This produced a ring of airflow, as expected, but he noticed an unexpected benefit as well; the sheet of fast moving air presented a sort of physical barrier to the air on either side of it. This effect, which he called the "momentum curtain", could be used to trap high-pressure air in the area inside the curtain, producing a high-pressure plenum that earlier examples had to build up with considerably more airflow. In theory, only a small amount of active airflow would be needed to create lift and much less than a design that relied only on the momentum of the air to provide lift, like a helicopter. In terms of power, a hovercraft would only need between one quarter to one half of the power required by a helicopter.

Cockerell built several models of his hovercraft design in the early 1950s, featuring an engine mounted to blow from the front of the craft into a space below it, combining both lift and propulsion. He demonstrated the model flying over many Whitehall carpets in front of various government experts and ministers, and the design was subsequently put on the secret list. In spite of tireless efforts to arrange funding, no branch of the military was interested, as he later joked, "the navy said it was a plane not a boat; the air force said it was a boat not a plane; and the army was 'plain not interested.'

SR.N1

SR.N1 general arrangement

This lack of military interest meant that there was no reason to keep the concept secret, and it was declassified. Cockerell was finally able to convince the National Research Development Corporation to fund development of a full-scale model. In 1958, the NRDC placed a contract with Saunders-Roe for the development of what would become the SR.N1, short for "Saunders-Roe, Nautical 1".

The SR.N1 was powered by a 450 hp Alvis Leonides engine powering a vertical fan in the middle of the craft. In addition to providing the lift air, a portion of the airflow was bled off into two channels on either side of the craft, which could be directed to provide thrust. In normal operation this extra airflow was directed rearward for forward thrust, and blew over two large vertical rudders that provided directional control. For low-speed manoeuvrability, the extra thrust could be directed fore or aft, differentially for rotation.

The SR.N1 made its first hover on 11 June 1959, and made its famed successful crossing of the English Channel on 25 July 1959. In December 1959, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Saunders-Roe at East Cowes and persuaded the chief test-pilot, Commander Peter Lamb, to allow him to take over the SR.N1's controls. He flew the SR.N1 so fast that he was asked to slow down a little. On examination of the craft afterwards, it was found that she had been dished in the bow due to excessive speed, damage that was never allowed to be repaired, and was from then on affectionately referred to as the 'Royal Dent'.

Skirts and other improvements

Testing quickly demonstrated that the idea of using a single engine to provide air for both the lift curtain and forward flight required too many trade-offs. A Blackburn Marboré for forward thrust and two large vertical rudders for directional control were added, producing the SR.N1 Mk II. A further upgrade with the Armstrong Siddeley Viper produced the Mk III. Further modifications, especially the addition of pointed nose and stern areas, produced the Mk IV.

Although the SR.N1 was successful as a testbed, the design hovered too close to the surface to be practical; at 9 inches (23 cm)[citation needed] even small waves would hit the bow. The solution was offered by Cecil Latimer-Needham, following a suggestion made by his business partner Arthur Ord-Hume. In 1958, he suggested the use of two rings of rubber to produce a double-walled extension of the vents in the lower fuselage. When air was blown into the space between the sheets it exited the bottom of the skirt in the same way it formerly exited the bottom of the fuselage, re-creating the same momentum curtain, but this time at some distance from the bottom of the craft.

Latimer-Needham and Cockerell devised a 4 feet (1.2 m) high skirt design, which was fitted to the SR.N1 to produce the Mk V, displaying hugely improved performance, with the ability to climb over obstacles almost as high as the skirt.[citation needed] In October 1961, Latimer-Needham sold his skirt patents to Westland, who had recently taken over Saunders Roe's interest in the hovercraft. Experiments with the skirt design demonstrated a problem; it was originally expected that pressure applied to the outside of the skirt would bend it inward, and the now-displaced airflow would cause it to pop back out. What actually happened is that the slight narrowing of the distance between the walls resulted in less airflow, which in turn led to more air loss under that section of the skirt. The fuselage above this area would drop due to the loss of lift at that point, and this led to further pressure on the skirt.

After considerable experimentation, Denys Bliss at Hovercraft Development Ltd. found the solution to this problem. Instead of using two separate rubber sheets to form the skirt, a single sheet of rubber was bent into a U shape to provide both sides, with slots cut into the bottom of the U forming the annular vent. When deforming pressure was applied to the outside of this design, air pressure in the rest of the skirt forced the inner wall to move in as well, keeping the channel open. Although there was some deformation of the curtain, the airflow within the skirt was maintained and through natural factors such as escape of air and balance of pressure within the skirt.


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Amateur Racing SeriesBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Mon, May 21, 2012 13:07:28

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The weekend was predicted to be cold, damp and in general misserable but an invite from our friends at the Amateur Hovercraft Racing Event meant that the fun had arrived and the weekend was something to look forward to.

We were made very welcome upon arrival and a Hot Dog and a Hot Cup Of Tea was a real welcome of what was to come. These guys are simply so exciting to watch and offer thrills a plenty and if they come to a location near you, I would urge you to go and watch.

Here is a typical start for these super quick guys and I hope you enjoy in some way what we enjoyed all day. http://youtu.be/aNh1LexA8Ig smiley


Drought in UKBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Fri, April 27, 2012 10:41:03

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If we are to belive the weather office in the UK we must accept their findings that the UK is in sever drought. In God's own county of Yorkshire, we have had three weeks of drought by day and drought by night, so much drought that the rivers are all in flood and the reservoirs are all overflowing which is a pretty sight to see but after three weeks of drought falling from the skies, I'm fed up of drought. smiley

For all of our friends and families in the South of England it's a totally different story. They are suffering a hose pipe ban and a sever lack of water to which one wonders why we in the north can't help in some way. We have buckets of drought to spare but with no practicle solution to sending it to you. The weekend outlook is for up to 2 inches of rain.... "er" drought to fall in my area with even more for the South. I suppose the weather experts will then tell us it's all fallen in the wrong places !!!. smiley

On the possitive side, it's great weather for a Hoverpod as the craft will travel across just about any surface whether it is water or land and as such the severe climate changes around the globe is something that F1 Hoverpod have taken on board as part of it's development process for the future. A small light vehicle to which has the ability to travel at high speed across water, ice, snow or land was many advantages over conventional products to which have their own natural restrictions. The UK may be in drought but F1 Hoverpod is leading the way in technology for the future climate changes and potential disasters facing the world.


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F1 Hoverpod LtdBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Tue, April 03, 2012 11:23:55

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Latest News from F1 Hoverpod Ltd

The exciting news from the home front about F1 Hoverpod Ltd is in many ways a continuation of developments surrounding the business and team continues going from strength to strength in a very positive and efficient way, all of this on the back of what was at huge victory in the early part of 2012 regarding the very damming comments posted on the internet of which in the end the truth finally came out. Whilst the truth was all that was sought from the team, the deleting of such content was something that all of the big three major search engines were so sympathetic to our plight and were so professional in the way they dealt with the problem and were so very kind in assisting in the removal of the now proven to be libel comments from the internet under the instruction and guidance of the independent body “Chilling Effects”. The panel of which are a body of professional experts chosen from the legal world as well as academia and who combine there efforts to assess the content and all of the trace elements of where, why and who posted such information and confer to conclude and base the final outcome/decision upon the reality and not the gossip. The outcome was a total victory for F1 Hoverpod who was totally exonerated of any wrong doing and now the Lawyers take up the task of damages action which now starts in regards to the party or parties whom posted such content. smiley

It’s now late March and has seen plenty of good progress within the team of F1 Hoverpod Ltd and with the corporate structure and board changes amongst some of the developments from within the group of companies, it’s been a very welcome and pleasant surprise that arrived in early March with an invite from a very prestigious Institution requesting that the team present a lecture to the academics regarding the pathway and developments of F1 Hoverpod and its partner company F1 Hoverpod Racing of which has attracted so much media and personal interest from around the globe, in most recent times of which the gossip columns have now confirmed has come from the Middle East and Asia. What I am allowed to confirm today is that the progress and discussions are an ongoing situation and all in a positive manor, so for the short term I can say the signs are truly encouraging at this early stage.

As many of you who are fans of social networking now know by following us on Facebook, there has been a well documented tour of Europe organised by some of the key members of the team with the intention of drawing attention to the business and to encourage the interest from within those countries to show some support for the business and bring the subject of Hoverpod Racing into the arena and once again the news from the front line is that this trip was a huge success, a planned further trip to Switzerland and Central Europe is potentially in the offering and I will confirm this as and when the timing has been confirmed.

F1 Hoverpod and F1 Hoverpod Racing have now connected with Google + and created two new sites for you to enjoy and in which you can follow the daily activities and much of the developments as they happen. We do like to encourage you to leave your comments and feedback and even upload your pictures etc if you wish and I can confirm the whole team enjoy reading your comments and the all too often humour and I’m sure will appreciate your pictures or holiday snaps if you wish. (make us jealous) Spring has at last arrived and we do anticipate even more progress and the postings in the forth coming weeks should help to keep you tuned in and be the first to hear the news from F1 Hoverpod Ltd as it happens.

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F1 HoverpodBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Tue, April 03, 2012 09:46:34

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Latest News from F1 Hoverpod Ltd

The news from the front line in respect of F1 Hoverpod Ltd is in many ways a continuation of the business and team going from strength to strength in a very positive way, all of this on the back of the huge victory at the early part of the year in regards to the damming comments posted on the internet to which the truth came out in the end. Whilst the truth was what was sought from the team, the removal of such content was something to which all three of the major search engines were so sympathetic in assisting in the removal from the internet under the instruction and guidance of the independent body “Chilling Effects” who are a body of experts from the legal world who assess the content and all of the trace elements of where and who posted said information and base the final outcome/decision upon the reality and not the gossip. The outcome was that F1 Hoverpod was totally exonerated of any wrong doing and now the task of damages action starts in regards to the party or parties whom posted such content. smiley

Now, March has seen much progress within the team of F1 Hoverpod Ltd with the corporate structure and board changes amongst some of the developments within the group of companies, a very welcome and pleasant surprise arrived in early March with an invite from a very prestigious Institution to present a lecture to the academics about the pathway and developments of F1 Hoverpod and its junior company F1 Hoverpod Racing to which have attracted so much interest from around the globe, most recently to which the gossip columns have confirmed has come from the Middle East and Asia. What I can confirm today is that progress and discussions is an ongoing situation and all in a positive manor, so for now I can say the signs are truly encouraging at this early stage.

As most of you who follow us on Facebook now by now, there has been a tour of Europe with some of the key members of the team in order to draw attention to the business and encourage the interest from within those countries to throw its support for the business into the arena and once again the news from the front line is that this trip has been a huge success, a further trip to Switzerland and Central Europe is potentially in the offering and I will confirm this as and when the timing has been confirmed. smiley

F1 Hoverpod and F1 Hoverpod Racing have now connected with Google + to create two new sites in which you can track the daily routine and developments, you are also able to leave your comments and even your pictures etc if you wish and I can confirm the whole team enjoy most of the comments and humour and I’m sure will appreciate your pictures or holiday snaps if you wish. Spring has arrived and we anticipate more progress and postings in the coming weeks so keep tuned in and be the first to hear the news from F1 Hoverpod Ltd as it happens.

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F1 Hoverpod LtdBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Tue, March 20, 2012 10:28:23

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F1 Hoverpod® Ltd

It’s been rather a wonderful year so far, it all started with the good news of the victory over the alleged comments now proven to be unfounded and unsupported allegations (lies) posted by a vicious and malicious person to which the authorities are now pursuing and I assume at the end an compensation claim may be in the offering. The very best thing that came out of the whole five (5) year exercise was the good working relationship to which was formed by F1 Hoverpod Ltd and the big three search engines and at this point I wish to extend our very best wishes to them all and a huge thank you for the kind and sensitive way in which the whole matter was handled.

February brought out yet more support from some huge names from the world of Motor Sport and from the Institutions to which we have worked with in the past, it’s a nice feeling to rise up and stand back on the success stand where our pride and respect has been fully restored. The success has gone as far as to an invite to speak at a very well respected audience in regards to the progress of F1 Hoverpod and the highs and lows along the way.

Blog image The reinstating of good standing and trust shown by many of our partners has not gone unnoticed and I along with the whole team are eternally grateful for the support shown.

March has brought many business meetings and interested parties to the table from the close nit community within the Investment Banking world who only ever look at the business and the figures and never ever to gossip and from potential working partners from a whole variety of locations throughout the world. I often think that the measure of success can only ever be judged by the strength of character of the key people involved and to that end the whole team deserves a huge pat on the back. If you are keen to follow the progress, I recommend you check out the Facebook site and join in with the action. For all the interested parties who are supporting the F1 Hoverpod Racing business and wish to join the action as it happens, please feel free to join the F1 Hoverpod Racing’s own Facebook site “HERE

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F1 Hoverpod Ltd.Breaking News

Posted by Team Manager Thu, January 26, 2012 09:45:49

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Start of New Year

Well, it's all go here at team HQ and for the staff and team members there is some Breaking News to which is placed on top of everything else of which is happening and all of which are gaining pace and momentum.

The important announcement for today is in reference to the alleged Posting of Material considered to be of a libel nature on a web site known as Rip off Report and the identity of the posting was assumed to be protected. Not so and the Reaction of which was that after a major investigation by Bing, Yahoo and Google combined with a forensic team of internet science experts, the content of said posting was considered and proven to be wholly untrue and without foundation. Whilst I’m not at liberty to say who posted the slander and libel comments to the web site Ripoff Report, what I can say is the International Reaction to such comments will be felt throughout the Hovercraft fraternity to which has an extremely loyal fan base.

The Conclusion by all three (3) of the major search engine internet operators was to comply with the law as set out in the countries affected by said comments and I am pleased to say that those very damming comments have been removed in full. The action and investigation has taken some 5 years in total to conclude and whilst the team at F1 Hoverpod Ltd and it’s associate F1 Hoverpod Racing Ltd have had to burden the assumed guilty by so many, the perpetrator has simply hidden behind a IP address to which they assumed was safe. “Not So” I’m glad to confirm.

Now that F1 Hoverpod has managed to confirm a 100% clear conscience and maintain its dignity, its business as usual and back to the plan and brining the world a brand new Motor Sport where the whole family can join in and enjoy.

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Happy New Year with F1 Hoverpod LtdBreaking News

Posted by Team Manager Tue, January 10, 2012 10:15:14

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Well...............phew... I'ts all behind us now. The Christmas party, the new years bash and who knows what happened in between. Anyway, they came the saw and they conquered was the motto but it was all a case of letting of steam for a hard year just gone and now we start the developments of the new year and what a year we have in store for you all with F1 Hoverpod Ltd. smiley

I have been sharing with you all through the blogs of some new members about to be joining and appointed to the Management Team and Board of F1 Hoverpod Ltd and Im excited to say that process is now underway. The delicate process of assuring and securing the right person for the task is one to which has been dealt with in a very professional and possitive way and I'm delighted to say the first of several new appointemts designed to strengthen the board has taken place, with even more to follow. smiley

The new member has been selected and is now in the process of formalities and has a very well documents history as a CEO of one of Hong Kong's most successull companies and a reputation of success globally. The new board member is qualified in Law and business accountancy and with over 25 years of history in both International Investment Banking and Business Consultancy, all I can say today is the whole team at F1 Hoverpod Ltd and it's group members are truly excitied today with even more good news to come.

Its surley and exciting year to come at F1 Hoverpod Ltd. smiley



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