Salient White Elephant

April 9, 2009

Helium Magnus Effect Turbine

Helium Magnus Effect Turbine

The balloon has an electric motor and flywheel inside of it. When the motor spins the flywheel, Newton’s Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) causes the balloon to spin in the opposite direction. Alternatively, a motor on the ground could spin the cable first in one direction, and then in the other. Interestingly, only the generator and reciprocating arm on the ground need be yawed. The balloon could float at high altitude to take advantage of wind shear.


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