Fluid Supported Car Or Simulated Aerial Vehicle Patents (Class 104/23.1)
  • Patent number: 9114324
    Abstract: A carrier and a conventional toy vehicle have mating structures to releasably connect the two together. The carrier is configured to support the vehicle to run along a T shaped portion of the monorail track. The carrier has a main housing having the mating structure and a through channel on upper and lower sides. Rollers support the carrier to move on the upper running surface of the track while other structures extend beneath the running surface to capture the surface in the through channel. Weights are supported from the main housing in legs extending below the main housing, through channel and running surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Chuang, Steven Verbera
  • Publication number: 20130276665
    Abstract: A capsule for an evacuated tube transport system, the capsule comprising a capsule body for carrying passengers within an evacuated tube; a first door disposed in a first end of the body; and a first coupling mechanism and a first sealing mechanism arranged respectively to couple the capsule to another capsule at the end of the body while the capsules are moving and to establish a seal around the door and a corresponding door in the other capsule to enable passengers to move from one capsule to another through the doors without exposing the passengers to the pressure of the evacuated tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: David Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 8371226
    Abstract: An air cushion or wheeled overhead guideway mass transit system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 8261668
    Abstract: A vehicle track including a soft porous material and a vehicle which rides on the track by skiing cm the soft porous material. The vehicle has a large ski surface that rides on the soft porous material, supporting the weight of the vehicle at high speeds. Air within the soft porous material supplies most of the lift needed to support the train, Only a small amount of the support is provided by the structure of the porous material itself when the vehicle is in motion. As a result, the friction between the soft porous material and the ski surface may also be exceedingly small. To increase the amount of lift provided by the soft porous material it can be contained within a channel having impermeable sides and bottom. If the ski surface is substantially the same width as the channel, the impermeable sides prevent the air from escaping on either side of die ski surface. Accordingly, the trapped air contributes to greatly enhanced lift force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Sheldon Weinbaum, Yiannis Andreopoulus, Parisa Mirbod
  • Publication number: 20120066154
    Abstract: A wind-powered system and method provides for simultaneous electrical generation and transportation of persons or cargo. A set of cables are strung between a plurality of rigid, upright supports, and a transportation vessel including one or more sails rides along the cables through wind power. The vessel is coupled to the cables through one or more motor-generator units, each motor-generator units being operative to generate electricity as the vessel is pushed by the wind or power the vessel in the absence of wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Richard H. Harrington
  • Patent number: 8015925
    Abstract: A transportation system includes a vehicle having wings, a propulsion system, a lifting gear coupling the vehicle to an undercarriage, and a guidance assembly movably connecting the undercarriage to guide rails. The wings generate aerodynamic lift when the vehicle exceeds a first speed. The lifting gear supports a load of the vehicle in a first position in relation to the undercarriage when the vehicle travels at less than the first speed, allows the vehicle to lift to a second position in relation to the undercarriage as the vehicle accelerates beyond the first speed, and maintains the vehicle in the second position when the vehicle exceeds the first speed. The guidance assembly shiftingly engages the guide rails through rollers that are in rolling contact with the guide rails when the vehicle is in the first position and are displaced from the guide rails when the vehicle is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Abner J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20100326311
    Abstract: A transportation system includes a vehicle having wings, a propulsion system, a lifting gear coupling the vehicle to an undercarriage, and a guidance assembly movably connecting the undercarriage to guide rails. The wings generate aerodynamic lift when the vehicle exceeds a first speed. The lifting gear supports a load of the vehicle in a first position in relation to the undercarriage when the vehicle travels at less than the first speed, allows the vehicle to lift to a second position in relation to the undercarriage as the vehicle accelerates beyond the first speed, and maintains the vehicle in the second position when the vehicle exceeds the first speed. The guidance assembly shiftingly engages the guide rails through rollers that are in rolling contact with the guide rails when the vehicle is in the first position and are displaced from the guide rails when the vehicle is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Abner J. Simon
  • Patent number: 7437998
    Abstract: A water ride containing at least one watercraft is described, having at least a floating body and a chassis which is connected thereto in an articulated manner and which serves as a guide unit, and a guide for the chassis which runs in the water, and a drive for the watercraft, wherein the floating body is connected to the chassis via a connection unit which comprises flexible elements and which allows relative movements of the floating body with respect to the chassis, wherein arranged on the floating body and on the chassis are associated coupling elements which serve for rigidly connecting the floating body and the chassis in at least one relative position, and in that the coupling elements are designed in such a way that the floating body is fixed on the chassis after being lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Mack Rides GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Guenter Burger, Frank Sornik, Thorsten Koebele, Jens Gessner
  • Patent number: 7086922
    Abstract: A race track for model cars with series of pressurized air conduits. The track is designed to race at least two cars in a manner similar to a “Drag Race.” Each car has its own lane. The system of pressurized air propels the cars with bursts of air from jets. The air jets are activated by each operator using a control which is fashioned after an automobile gearshift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Carlos Delgado
  • Patent number: 6644209
    Abstract: An all-weather guided vehicle system having a guideway including a single tube or a pair of parallel tubes capable of storing pressurized air. Vehicles are suspended below, above, or beside the tube(s) by way of carriages to which the vehicles are connected. Arcuate roller tracks between the vehicle and the carriage provide a banking mechanism for cornering. The tube(s) support continuous high-speed rails to receive suspension members extending from the carriage for air or wheeled suspension. Impulse vanes are provided on a vertical rod extending through a slotted opening in a propulsion channel for cooperation with air jet nozzles located within the channel to propel and brake the carriage. Embodiments having a fair-weather vehicle riding atop the deck and tire tracks for suspension and prevention of side sway are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Richard D. Cummins
  • Patent number: 6553915
    Abstract: A traffic system is disclosed to include a passageway defining a moving direction and a vehicle mounted in the passageway and running along the moving direction. In one instance, the passageway has two inner side walls and an inner bottom wall having a transverse cross-section formed into a continuous smooth surface. In further a instance, there is provided with a buoyant fluid stored in the passageway for generating a buoyancy while displaced by the vehicle. A traffic method is also provided to include steps of providing a vehicle, providing a medium for carrying thereon the vehicle moving therealong, and providing a buoyant medium for reducing a weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Hong-Li Tseng
  • Publication number: 20020166476
    Abstract: A traffic system is disclosed to include a passageway defining a moving direction and a vehicle mounted in the passageway and running along the moving direction. In one instance, the passageway has two inner side walls and an inner bottom wall having a transverse cross-section formed into a continuous smooth surface. In further a instance, there is provided with a buoyant fluid stored in the passageway for generating a buoyancy while displaced by the vehicle. A traffic method is also provided to include steps of providing a vehicle, providing a medium for carrying thereon the vehicle moving therealong, and providing a buoyant medium for reducing a weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Hong-Li Tseng
  • Patent number: 6431077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a train (1) which forms a transport device displaceable along a fixed track (3), comprising a frame with a drive; at least one bogie (6) with a flat sole (10); and at least one supply of a liquid which is suitable for pouring the liquid over the track (3), wherein at speed of the train higher than a threshold value at least a part of the sole (10) floats over a film created by liquid. The supply is adapted to carry the liquid onto the track (3) in front of the sole (10) in the direction of movement of the train (1) and the sole (10) is positioned inclining upward on the front side in the direction of movement. The invention also relates to a track (3) for an above described train (1) which comprises at least one platform extending in horizontal direction. The platform is coated with a levelling material, wherein an upper surface of the track has a very high degree of smoothness with very small height differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Ingenieurs Bureau Oranjewoud B.V.
    Inventor: Bernardus L. L. Hijlkema
  • Publication number: 20010017092
    Abstract: A switching device for ground-effect vehicles, the said device comprising at least three sections of guidance and support tracks for the entry and exit of the vehicles, at least one of these tracks being the vehicle entry track, the said device comprising at least one support surface able to move between at least two positions, each of the said positions corresponding to a path by which the vehicles cross the switching device, the support surfaces of the sections of guide tracks being, for each path, in continuity with the movable support surface or surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Applicant: POMA-OTIS Systemes de Transport
    Inventor: Alain Mollet