Levitation by Vacuum Container

Vacuum container(s) for levitation, and systems for creating a more perfect vacuum in a room (refer further Patent papers, ideas and innovations by Anthony Williams)

  • My concept: The creation of a vacuum or partial vacuum in a container or vessel to achieve levitation of this container or vessel in the air; i.e. so that it reaches a level in the atmosphere where it is in balance and floats unassisted. The greater the vacuum to weight ratio the higher this level of floating will be or its ability to levitate from the ground. The ultimate aim is to achieve the minimum size container with maximum levitation, which will allow for example a massive number of small levitating containers to be tied together or connected in a way that will allow large floating structures to be used in the air: e.g. hoist up a floating sunset viewing deck for cocktails; launch space shuttles (now that’s dreaming) further from the ground for fuel savings; luxury silent air travel, similar to the zeppelins, but never having to provide hydrogen, helium or heated air; safety is achieved with a multitude of capsules so that if one capsule/ container is somehow destroyed it will have very little effect.
  • To create such vacuum containers on the ground so to speak, the most simple shape to achieve this would in my opinion be a cylinder, where one end is sealed and a airtight plate pulled away from this sealed end within this cylinder and fixed into place at the far end. This will require that the cylinder be strong enough to resist atmospheric pressure, be airtight, and be light enough so that the total weight of the cylinder structure is lighter than the weight or mass of air displaced. It will then levitate in the air up to a floatation level in a manner comparable with a zeppelin or hot air balloon. If there was then a means to have an adjusting mechanism to increase or decrease the volume of vacuum then the cylinder will rise or lower from its flotation level. This mechanism device could be a series of cylinders in the sealed end or end plate (or both) that could be pulled, twisted or turned outward or inward to adjust the volume of vacuum space. An example of a single vacuum container could be a large enough vacuumed cylinder standing vertically above an attached person/ people carrying ‘pod’ with a series of manually adjustable screw-in, screw- out cylinders to control the floatation height in the air.
  • However I do not perceive that such individual person-carrying cylinders are likely to be popular for long but it is far more likely that a multitude of gathered smaller vacuum cylinders or other shape containers would find a bigger commercial value in the marketplace. Also popular would be hand held vacuum containers with and without remote controlled devices to control direction and height, special lighting etc as an alternative to hand held helium balloons.
  • The improvement over a helium balloon, hot air balloon or zeppelin type craft is that the vacuum container will retain its ability to levitate possibly for many years or decades without any need to replace gasses or hot air. To achieve such long term ability to levitate the vacuum container must be made of a fabric that will not allow the transgression of gas particles through its walls.
  • Out in space a spherical vacuum container would be possible to create and this is the best shape in terms or pressure resistance. Large or small spheres could be created by a system such as glass blowing with a gas pressure within a molten material such as glass or plastic. After the sphere has cooled and hardened sufficiently the sphere could be exposed to the ‘vacuum’ of space where the gas used to create the sphere is allowed to empty out into space through the blow up hole(s) and this hole(s) then sealed, creating a vacuum sphere levitation device.
  • I do not know enough about the re-entry through the atmosphere but it may be possible that such spheres, which could be potentially massive, have very long lines attached, be allowed to gravitate slowly in toward earth until they reach their levels of flotation, and could then be collected by drawing in these lines. I am surmising that the spheres will be strong and light enough to enter the atmosphere fairly gently and not suffer the fate of heavy object plummeting through the atmosphere and burning up. If this were possible then there may be more likelihood that large floating sky-platforms could be created
  • The pulling apart of plates to create a vacuum can also be applied to create large vacuumed spaces or rooms, within which for example vacuum containers will be easier to manufacture, including spheres, as well as many test lab uses requiring a vacuum.
  • In a submarine, two emergency plates in a cylinder could be winched apart to expel sea water and replace it with a vacuum; therefore no liquid air or gas required for added buoyancy.


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