Ground effect vehicle (GEV) – high-speed means of transport that while its motion close to the supporting surface (“ground”) uses the effect of abrupt increase of lift-to-drag ratio of its lifting surfaces (“ground effect”).
There has been an increasing interest in scientists, businessmen, and governments, all around the world, in search of a solution to these pressing transportation problems. Today, the biggest concern is the considerable divide between the speed of air transport to that of water and land.
The speed of modern automobiles, trains and fast ships, carrying cargo and passenger traffic, average 150 km / h. Conversely, the speed of aircraft vehicles average around 500 km/h and above. Due to their high-speed travel, the operation of these vehicles is both cost effective and allows for solid income for entrepreneurs and the economy in general.
It is evident that humanity does not occupy the speeds between 150 and 500 km / h, which is particularly important for the development of world industry and the economy as a whole. Operation of conventional vehicles, in this segment of velocity, have been deemed technically impossible and economically disadvantageous.
As a result, the development of the GEV was designed to fulfill a conceptually new type of transport, possessing both the best of aviation and shipbuilding. This unique vehicle can transport goods and people, moving at high speeds of 200-300 km / h. In addition, it operates a few meters, in any direction, from the surface of water, land, snow, or ice, with the broadest range of applications.
The major advantage of WIG is that it does not require any transportation infrastructure that is particularly relevant in Russia, where there are no roads and only directions. The transport problem is, however, very acute in dozens of countries, that require rapid movement of various emergency services (taxis, emergency medical care, etc.), people and goods.
The use of these devices will quickly, and cost-efficiently, deliver people to the desired point, including remote areas. WIG will possess the capacity to fly routes similar to those of helicopters, ATVs, various kinds of amphibians, hovercrafts, etc. The main argument of the WIG is that its production and service is ten times less expensive than the traditional aircraft. Further, operations will be, at times, more profitable for the owner.
It is evident how promising and strategically important the creation of WIG will be to our transportation system. In fact, the development of WIG has become a prospect throughout the world. There are a great deal of locations where traditional means of navigation (use of cars, ships and airplanes) cannot be accommodated. In these locations, we need something new and innovative and this exists in the developed model of the GEV "Aqualet." Many countries are already understanding this necessity and have invested a lot of money into creating their best version of the GEV. However, these developments amongst countries are private, in hopes of producing the optimal version of this innovation.
Even the miniscule details that leak out of the "seven castles" are enough to communicate the intensity of these developments cross-nation. It is obvious that the person who facilitates at least one affordable, reliable and efficient real sample, ready for serial production, will be considered an empire without any quotes and conventions.