I NEED A HELIUM FILLED DOUGHNUT FLOATING VERTICALLY
IN THE HOLE I PUT A CIRCULAR SHAPED VERTICAL AXIS WINDMILL
THAT WILL USE THE WIND FROM EVERY DIRECTION, YOU SEE
AND POWER LITTLE PROPELLERS ALL AROUND MY SHIP
SO IT CAN FLY LIKE A HUMMINGBIRD
I’M GONNA SIT IN A BASKET ON THE OUTER RIM
PULL LITTLE STRINGS AND LEVERS THAT CONTROL MY RIG
WITH SOLAR CELLS HARNESS THE NATURAL ENERGY OF THE WORLD
TO GO ANYWHERE I WANT IN THE SKY, OH YEAH
I’M SAVING FOR A SUNSHIP
I’M SAVING FOR A SUNSHIP
FLY US WHERE WE NEED TO GO AND HOME
So, we were delighted to come across the Altaeros BAT:
And, of course, someone was going to think about putting a windmill in the hole of a doughnut. The BAT is a Buoyant Airborne Turbine made by Altaeros Energies, founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It can hauled around on the back of a truck to wherever power is needed, providing consistent and powerful energy from high altitude winds.
Music and instrumentation by Roger Sampson
Lyrics, vocals and percussion by John Harris
Produced by John Harris and Roger Sampson
Recorded at Anerley Analogue
Engineered by Matt Hall at SLW Studio
There was this dream of a Sunship, a sketch now and again. Then one day a very clever schoolgirl we know, who declines to take a credit, made a 3-D drawing of it using the Sketchup Make programme for 3-D printing. The Sketchup Make programme can be downloaded free here:
We're hoping she can find some time for us to work on it a little more, but she is very busy.
Unfortunately, can't get this 3-D printer to work yet, but hopefully one day, and then, for sure, you'll be able to buy little models of this on this site. And if we sell a lot, we can get bigger and bigger 3-D printers and one day, maybe we'll able to print out working sunships.
But we need to keep in mind that we're not actually aeronautical engineers. Altaeros seem to use a deeper doughnut to get the required buoyancy. And it was a surprise that they didn't use the vertical axis turbine as in the Sunship, with the blades curved to fill the circle.
We can offer no engineering evidence to support any of this, further than the maxim about aircraft design that says something like, if it looks good, it will fly well. We're sticking with the design for now.
The Altaeros BAT then got us thinking further, maybe power generation is the main purpose of this. We're hoping for some time with our designer soon and we'll develop this more . . .