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Weird ways to fly; how to fly without the traditional method
Topic Started: Oct 13 2011, 06:28 AM (1,110 Views)
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i just remembered wayne barlowe's jetdarters and skewers, and i figured there could be other ways to fly without having to flap your wings. any ideas?
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Blimp jellies.
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What you mean is to actively move through a gaseous environment? Because you can passively move through it as a balloon or glide through it by membranes.
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What about gas bags?
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That would be balloon jellies, or something similar.
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Sigmund Nastrazurro (aka Gert Van Dijk) has written extensively about this. Take a look: http://planetfuraha.blogspot.com/search?q=flight
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Biggest issue is really just staying in the air, I'd like to have some ideas thrown around for it but I keep autoing toward lighter than air as a cheap fix.
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Lighter than air is anything but a cheap fix.
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I meant when dealing with alternative modes of travel through the atmosphere.
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That's also the sense in which I understood it.

Sigmund Nastrazurro demonstrated in these two blog posts http://planetfuraha.blogspot.com/2011/07/ballooning-animals-and-newtonian.html http://planetfuraha.blogspot.com/2011/07/ballonts-under-pressure-ballonts-iv.html that ballooning animals are pretty unlikely to occur on Earthlike planets (gas giants are a different story, though).
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Biological jet propulsion in air doesn't make sense to me (volume/density issues), and certainly not miniature turbine engines "made of bone and gristle".

I liked ballonts. Pity physics seems to conspire against them. :|
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Lately I've been wondering about really exotic forms of flight. Could a small organism somehow create piezoelectric fields under its body to move with ripples of air? Like some kind of organic flying carpet?
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i had this one idea of a creature that could heat up it's wings so that the resulting temp exchange would allow it to fly. don't know if that would work though.
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That would take a loooot of energy, and immediately my mind goes to Thermite.
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