kunkmiester wrote:Let me know if you get a thruster with decent thrust. Would love to make a quadcopter with mlts.
If the Mach Effect Thruster is proven to work as expected (repeatedly and with decent thrust), then the first devices that will be "flown" would be in orbit, because the force they will generate at first will be tiny, about the same as a ion thruster, which can only move in space and can not take off, from the ground.
But after that, at some truly exciting point when METs could counter their own weight in Earth gravitational field, may I suggest to consider a bolder move than a MET quadcopter toy? That would be the analogy of asking the inventor of the first internal combustion engine to power a new kind of lawnmower you'd be dreaming of… Wouldn't you prefer to sat in a full-size personal vehicle powered by a MET array, than playing with a scale model quadcopter driven by your iPhone?
Imagine also that such a personal vehicle, accelerating at constant 1g, properly pressurized and with enough oxygen onboard, could also escape our atmosphere and reach any planet or orbital base anywhere in our solar system, and you're even way beyond the "simple" concept of the flying car… but alas for security reasons no government would allow anybody to fly anywhere like this. Not today, not tomorrow.
With such 1g-force technology, we need to change our mind, way further. It's a complete paradigm shift.