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  1. Only now are the necessary technologies in development to realise past visions of the future. Looking out can see slightly larger craft like 20/30 coming to fruition or more likely x passenger + y cargo in the same craft, but above that there are other modes that provide better transport solutions. They would seem ideal for this. Caribbean is first choice as lots of wealthier clients. Other opportunities around Vancouver / Seattle where there is the world's large concentration of seaplanes, the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay (east coast US), Mediterranean / Adriatic Sea
  2. And with a left brain moment talking of protection, the Airfish reminds me of the Snowspeeders on Hoth, so if you have contacts in a galaxy far far away you could always add a couple of heavy laser cannons to further enhance collision avoidance. You would have no problems getting passengers then to ride on a Hothian Airfish especially if R2-D2 did inflight service - marketing opportunity? Maybe BF picked the wrong model.
  3. It is a matter of probability, just like when flying it is certainly possible to hit objects, but highly unlikely. This probability then reduces with additional measures like wave height radar, ML camera software etc. The leading edges could be strengthened against impact to reduce / prevent damage, although as it is a high wing version, the chances of impact are lessened further compared to low wing versions like the Airfish. Not done the calculations, but high speed water craft would have a higher probability of hitting something than these surface skimming craft.
  4. Unsurprisingly, the frustration is really showing in his message
  5. Expected in service by 2025. The first prototype is being built, scheduled end of this year for testing in winter weather. The technology used has already been demonstrated and proven with craft like the Lilium for battery storage / propulsion (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjAJWrraTKs to see in action) or Pipistrel, and concept (Widgetworks Airfish 8 etc), all Regent are doing is combining them. I am not sure why generally there is such doubt over the range and need for backups. The technologies are very reliable, certainly more reliable than the thousands of parts in a marin
  6. Solar tiles are available that replace your roof tiles and are harder wearing. They usually come in modular strips, making easy them to install a number of tiles at once, and the good systems enable you to have the whole roof solar and non solar edge pieces in the same style. A recent installation. The manufacturers are increasing the available styles. Solar tiles are made in the UK. You can also get integrated panels, better than panels but not as good as tiles.
  7. For grid infrastructure the National Grid can cope with the massive swap to electrification (from National Grid themselves), in fact they would welcome more EVs etc charging at night as it would balance the grid more evenly through a 24 hour period. With solar the issue is not with coverage, there is more than enough roof space in the UK to cover with solar panels to generate all the electricity we need. Most houses and businesses especially in the South of the UK could look after their electrical needs with solar and a small battery to store the power in for non solar hours, reducing pr
  8. These craft have a hydrofoil to start the voyage / flight (?) with which unsticks them from the water. They will take off in highly charted waters with comprehensive weather forecasts, so the likely hold of hitting anything will be practically zero. Agree, sea state will be the limiting factor, but we don't have the tech specs yet to see how limited.
  9. The version of GEV BF have gone for is all electric which has major limitations at the moment due to batteries. As @jonno says If they crack practical lithium sulphur batteries (lighterweight, more energy dense and could be cheaper than Li-ion) or another more energy dense battery chemistry, it could open the craft up to bigger versions, but then there is the rest of the vehicle to develop and build so not going to be a quick process. Scaling up also leads to more practical issues. The largest GEV Boeing was developing for the military and theoretically could carry more than 300 cars, h
  10. Found a video of the Widgetworks Airfish 8 if anyone is interested.
  11. Sea Wolf Express has been going to launch a similar service between Helsinki and Tallinn for at least the last 5 years using Russian built Ekranoplans. Regent's investor bumpf says can do 180 mph for 180 miles on current battery technology. BF are now the first launch customer shown on the manufacturers home page with BBC coverage too. In 2025 the 12 passenger version is not going to be a threat, and even the future version with 50 passengers. Traditional ferries are far more at risk from multi modal operations and automation, tunnels and the public deciding not to travel
  12. The hull / fuselage is unpressurised due to almost sea level flight so would be completely fresh air. The wing top deck might be a bit breezy though.
  13. This type of transport does have some practical limitations, the main one being sea state as even slightly lumpy seas would make take off / landing interesting. Not sure how obliging The Channel will be. The regulations regarding this service will be interesting as in the EU / US they are classified as maritime transport, whereas as the CAA classifies the vehicle as an aircraft. So double maritime / aeronautical licensing for vehicle and crew. (IMO says they are ships). If BF plans go ahead will they develop beyond the small passenger shuttle, the large Russian versions could a hundr
  14. 15% of drivers will swap to BEVs over their dead body. Would these qualify as as delightful? Only a couple of trees to hug and the views are pretty appalling.
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