Accession Number : ADA331791

Title :   Nanoflyer

Corporate Author : MITRE CORP MCLEAN VA JASON PROGRAM OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Katz, J. ; Garwin, R. ; Press, W.

PDF Url : ADA331791

Report Date : 13 OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : A recent proposal to use electrostatic forces to lift and propel a small airborne vehicle is examined. We show here that although this is permitted by the laws of physics, it is very inefficient, and is limited to low areal loads by the requirement to avoid electric breakdown. Electrostatic propulsion offers no special advantages which might justify the price of its inefficiency.

Descriptors :   *ELECTROSTATICS, *ELECTRIC PROPULSION, *AIRWORTHINESS, AERODYNAMIC DRAG, CHARGE DENSITY, AERODYNAMIC LIFT, ELECTROSTATIC FIELDS, ELECTRON MOBILITY, LIFT TO DRAG RATIO.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE