Real Advanced Magnus Effect Plane
For those who don’t know what the Magnus effect is, it’s basically an observable phenomenon that appears to show the path of the spinning object being deflected in a manner that is not present when the object is not spinning. One example would be when a basketball is dropped from a high point down a dam wall with a some backspin. Now what would happen if you tried to recreate the phenomenon in plane form? Read more to see what happened.



Inventor James Whomsley built a T-shaped plane that consists of a pair of spinning cylinders at the top to create lift, powered by a belt-driven brushless motor. There’s a second brushless motor equipped with a propeller on the center carbon fiber tube for forward thrust, while a rudder provides yaw control. You’ll find the battery attached to the bottom of the tub for stability. Unfortunately, keeping it in the air was definitely an issue that required larger motors, a new rudder, shorter “wings”, and a higher thrust motor position to get it really flying.

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