Magenn Power, Inc.
Nov. 28, 2011 [ ] A friend of mine said he recently attended an auction of Magenn stuff in San Francisco area. I checked their web page and although It has not been updated in a few months it's still up. The contact number in California rings disconnected and the one in Ontario hits a generic answering machine message.
Does anyone know what's up? If anything?
1. How might the generator be groundstationed? Magnus-effect autorotating tethered non-powered aircraft (kite wings) on a loop scheme with generator on the ground? Not laddermill, just loop being driven by the rotation of the lifting wings. Notice the wings stay aloft and that the winged sector can be in and stay in very high altitude. Severe lifter kite or kytoon could assure tension and staying capacity. Drawing by Harry Valentine. [ED: Magenn Power, what do you think about leaving the generator on the ground?]
2. Why not hydrogen instead of helium?
3. A confusion of terms. The understanding of "HAWT" has axis of rotation windward. The H is for horizontal as wind usually flows parallel with the horizon. Darrieus described axis of rotation of his devices as traverse to the flow lines and his first preferred embodiments had place the rotational axis from ground toward zenith in a common-language vertical position; following from that came a VAWT for such as eggbeater and H-Darrieus. The axis for the Darrieus need only be traverse to the stream, but can be at any clock angle when so being traverse; this allows for the traverse axis optionally to be placed at the parallel to the horizon in a horizontal position; yet such option does not win the HAWT designation, only still the VAWT designation. Unfortunately in the patent description in Magenn, there might be some confusion. The blimpy Magenn rotatable kytoon is a tethered LTA VAWT with axis traverse to the flow and with axis of rotation set parallel to the horizon traverse to the flow where, because of form, the Magnus-effect occurs to add some lift in addition to the lift of the LTA gases.
4. Magenn in 2009 is working out a stability challenge for its toroid-ended low-aspect-ratio kytoon. A beard may be involved.
Related: Magnus Aerospace airship, cargoblimp, rotating sphere, fineness ratio, cargo blimps, Av-Intel, airship, airship transportation industry, lighter-than-air applications, M.A.R.S., MARS, Magenn Air Rotor System, Magenn Power Air Rotor System, "cut down" system, deflation system, tether visibility system of lights flashing each second, lights placed at 50 ft. intervals,
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Anthony J. Asterita has over 25 years US government experience as a project manager for major aeronautical systems and was program manager for a major USAF weapon system. This system is in the US inventory today. His commercial sector experience includes capturing several key contracts including the first integrated avionics program for industry, new computer technology for the flight management system of advanced aircraft, and a secure communications system for stealth operations. Mr. Asterita is a founder of Magenn Power and has over 10 years experience in advanced lighter-than-air applications. His education includes a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Air Logistics University and the Industrial College of the Armed forces. See also: http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=357618
Nov. 22, 2012 : Noticed that the web site was not functioning.