A Preliminary Design Study for a Ground Effect Machine.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This paper provides the results of a preliminary design study of a ground effect machine to be built at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. The design covers such factors as lift versus weight, thrust versus drag, balance, stability, control, and instrumentation. The final design chosen was a peripheral jet type ground effect machine with a cushion area of 25.7 square feet, driven by a 4 foot diameter shrouded propeller. Total engine power of 203 horesepower is sufficient to provide 1017 pounds of lift at a hover height of 5.95 inches and 446 pounds of thrust at 30 knots. Author
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