Students1: T.W.A. de Boer, K.M. Bryon, D. Cleij, K.A. DiBella, W.H. Houg, W.H. Kalfsbeek, C.J. Neeteson, B.E. Ording, A.W. Reijnders, J.H. Scheepstra, R.H.E. Vleugels
Project tutor: ir. M.J.T. Schroijen
Coaches: ir. J.C.J. Hofstede, A. Amiri Simkoei MSc
“These airplanes we have today are no more than a perfection of a toy made for children to play with. My opinion is we should search for a completely different flying machine, based on other flying principles. I consider the aircraft of the future, that which will take-off vertically, fly as usual and land vertically. This flying machine should have no parts in movement.”
(Henri Coanda, 1967)
This vision of Henri Coandă might very well form the basis for a new approach to personalised (air)travel in the most flexible way thinkable. With the expected growth in the worldwide demand for transport, a vehicle that has vertical take-off and landing capabilities within a limited space will decrease the need for present day transport and will relieve congested airports and expressways. Since oil reserves are diminishing and the environmental impact of fossil fuels is a growing issue, these future transportation systems will ask for an alternative, sustainable way of propulsion. The technology envisioned by Coanda of creating lift by blowing air over a convex surface, will allow an aircraft design that can more easily be modified into a sustainable design, with respect to noise and emissions. A personal air vehicle that is both sustainable and provides on-demand transport: that is the future of personal transport.
The paper of this project is available as a PDF-document here.