intersect and are secured together above and inwardly behind member 604. Members 614 and 615 also intersect and are secured together, as do members 616 and 617 and members 618 and 619. These points of intersection are joined together by four struts 620 shown in FIGURE 6. Secured to the centers of each of struts 620 is a four-sided chimney 622, each of the sides being flat sheets of a lightweight insulating material such as wood.

A center frame member 624 is mounted between the center of cross brace 626 and the top of chimney 622 along each of the diagonal frame assemblies. This construction gives adequate rigidity to prevent warpage. of the collecting grid frame assembly.

The emitting wires are illustrated diagrammatically as waving lines and make up a pattern of three parallel wires 640, 641 and 642 and one transverse wire 643 across each grid area. Four supporting masts 646, 647, 648 and 649 are mounted on cross braccs 628 and secured to center frame member 624 in each of the four diagonal frame assemblies 608, 609, 610 and 611. Emitting wire 640 is supported on the upper end of each of masts 646, 647, 648 and 649 with sufficient tautness to be substantially equidistant from the collecting grid at all points.

Four supporting masts 650, 651, 652 and 653 are mounted to cross braces 630 and center frame members 624 in each of the four diagonal frame assemblies for supporting emitting wire 641. Four additional masts (not numbered) are mounted to cross braces 632 and center frame members 624 to similarly support ┬┐milting wire 642.

At the mid-points of each of the outer frame members 600, 601, 602 and 603, masts 656 are mounted to support the outer end of emitting wires 643, which extend under and in electrical contact with each of emitting wires 640, 641 and 642 to a center mast 660 which is suitably mounted to the top of chimney 622.

One electrical terminal 662 for the emitting wires is shown on the right side of the craft of FIGURES 6 and 7. Four individual electrical terminals 664, 665, 666 and 667 are provided for each of the four grid sections. If it is not desired to control the posture and movement of the craft by the four separate sections, collecting grid terminals 664, 665, 666 and 667 may all be connectcd together.

Also, it is obvious that the four electrically separate sections could be achieved by using four insulated emitting wire sections, either with the four separate collecting grid sections or with all the collecting grid sections connected together.

The foregoing craft weighed about 100 grams and with a 5 inch spacing between the emitting wires and collecting grid, was self-sustaining with a voltage of about 50 to 60 kv. and a current on the order of 2 milliamperes.

Instead of using a crossed wire mesh construction for the collecting grid as shown in detail in FIGURE 1, it has been found that tubes of conductive material having an outer diameter of about one-quarter inch are equally as good. Such tubes may be made of aluminum foil wrapped around paper or may be hollow lightweight aluminum tubing or of a similar construction. For example, material such as an air-tight nylon base fabric having an evaporated metallic coating of for example aluminum may be fabricated in the form of tubes having a wall thickness of less than 1 mil and be adapted to be inflated with air or an inert gas to form a hollow lightweight tubular member. The cross section may be circular, oval or the like; a tear drop shape as illustrated in FIGURE 8 (Sheet 3) is a preferred configuration since air flow across the tapering lower edge provides additional lift. For the craft configuration as shown in FIGURES 6 and 7, the inflated tubes of FIGURE 8 are mounted parallel to each other and to the outer and inner frame members 600 and 604, or to their corresponding members in each of the other collecting grid sections, with their ends secured to the diagonal frame assemblies 608, 609, 610 and 611.


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