An ad in the Wall Street Journal last week sought investors for a fuel-less aircraft. The idea is refreshing; unlike free-energy scams that tap the zero-point energy, or shield gravity, Hunt Aircraft Corp. proposes to do it the old-fashioned way, i.e., violate Conservation of Energy. Helium bags lift the winged craft vertically, whereupon the helium is compressed to make the craft heavier than air. It then glides downward. At low altitude, the cycle is repeated. Aha!, you say, compressing the gas takes work. These guys aren’t that dumb. As it glides, a wind-turbine will generate the power. The inventor has applied for a patent, but our research uncovered the shocking similarity to Tom Swift’s “Black Hawk” airship described in Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1911).
Es bueno saber que se conservan las tradiciones. Después de tantas zarandajas modernas new age se vuelve a los clásicos.
[Estoy escuchando: «Space Oddity» de Hermanos Calatravas en el disco Spanish bizarro]