Capstone project

Rescue hovercraft

The objective of the rescue hovercraft is to be used for the rescue of those in distress whether on land or water. Our interest in hovercrafts first began when watching Junk Yard Wars on TLC. A particular show was involved with building a hovercraft. Seeing how quickly these few engineers could design and build a hovercraft amazed us. We then decided that this would be a very fun and interesting project. In 1959, Sir Christopher Cockrell claims to be the first human to achieve the one thing that everyone else was chasing and that was building a working model of a vehicle that hovered on air. It seemed impossible to those before hovercrafts were created. To have an object, as small as 1 ft in length or as large as the SNR-4, which is the largest commercially used hovercraft today weighing at 177 tons and carrying 254 people to hover above the ground. Hovercrafts are used throughout the world. The concept of the hovercraft is not used as much in the United Stated as in other countries such as the United Kingdom or Australia. Hovercrafts can be used to travel on multiple terrains ranging from rough waters to rocky lands. Hovercrafts seem ideal for most rescue operation because of their ability to travel certain places other rescue vehicles cannot. There are several hovercraft plans used to construct our rescue hovercraft. Our objective is to transpose a hovercraft into a rescue air cushion vehicle that is able to carry a payload of approximately 600 lbs. This would account for two rescuing people and a third person that needs rescuing along with supplies. There are several rescue hovercrafts used throughout the world. Our goal is to Design one of very lightweight and strong structural integrity.

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