The skirt is one of the most important parts of a hovercraft as it is the part that allows the hovercraft to clear obstacles.
A hovercraft (air-cushion vehicle, ACV) is a craft capable of traveling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces both at speed and when stationary. They operate by creating a cushion of high-pressure air between the hull of the vessel and the surface below. Typically this cushion is contained within a flexible "skirt". Hovercraft are hybrid vessels operated by a pilot as an aircraft rather than a captain as a marine vessel. They typically hover at heights between 200mm and 600mm above any surface and operate above 20 knots and can clear gradients up to 20 degrees.
The project we have used for our first tests, is really simple but it is a joke. To proceed in the right direction we have to use other materials, so we have the capability to design our hovercrafts as we want.
After few days spent studying the theory we have started with some experiments.
Our first tests were successful, we have two videos showing these tests, they are on youtube where you'll find all others videos for this serie of article.
we are beginning a new serie of articles about hovercrafts. In six months we are going to produce a really working RC hovercraft.
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