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Flying Saucers for Sale in California

A car-sized "flying saucer" has been developed by a company in Davis, California called Moller International. The saucer can carry 250 pounds, flies 10 feet high, and can be bought for $90,000.

Moller's flying saucer, model M200G, is actually a version of a hovercraft, and is supported by the downdraft of eight rotary engines. The driver uses a joystick for steering and sets the desired altitude with a lever, and can reach speeds of up to 50 mph. The craft is technologically capable of flying more than 10 feet high, but the engineers constrained the altitude with a computer since pilot's licenses are required for flying more than 10 feet.

Moller's flying saucer can burn gasoline, or a combination of ethanol and water, giving it very low emissions. However, the fuel economy is extremely low, as the craft gets only a little better than 1 mile per gallon. Running at top speed for an hour, it consumes about 40 gallons of fuel. The company is also working on a muffler to reduce the present ear-splitting sound of 85 decibels.

Compared with a conventional hovercraft, the flying saucer's height enables it to be operated over land and water and obstructions that would prevent a hovercraft from working. The company thinks that the saucer might be useful for traveling over swamps, bogs, and rocky coast lines.

Moller plans to build six demo models during the next year, and eventually increase production to up to 250 per year. Depending on the demand, the company may subcontract to larger factories.

Lisa Zyga
Science Blogger
InventorSpot.com

via: Live Science

Comments
Aug 29, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I Thought of Having Something Like This about 20 Years Ago

while crawling in rush hour traffic!  It was just a "dream" and way to escape the long, boring commute, but I see it could become a reality--at least for people who can afford to use 40+ gallons!  Bruce Willis should get the first one.

Aug 29, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Old news

Moller also had his idea while stuck in rush hour traffic. Some three or four decades ago. Moller International has been promising their Air Cars for roughly that long. You can find them selling "do it yourself" plans back in 1970s issues of Popular Science. Don't expect to see any of them flying very soon. 

Sep 1, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

great invention

This is the next great industrial advance, I will be investing heavily into whatever maufacturer gets involved in mass producing these machines. If I have the bucks I will be buying one myself.

May 27, 2008
by Anonymous

very handy

i would by my self one but when do they come out? and i agree skiping threw traffic would be fun!

May 27, 2008
by Anonymous

very handy

i would by my self one but when do they come out? and i agree skiping threw traffic would be fun!

Nov 11, 2008
by Anonymous

vertol

there's a sucker born every minute!