Chemical Reaction Powered Glider

Scientists at Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have created a glider that uses a chemical reaction to propel itself out of the water. Water is pumped into a master chamber and then siphoned into another smaller chamber containing calcium carbide powder. When the water mixes with the powder it creates acetylene gas which is then ignited. The force of this ignition sends the vehicle into the air.

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The current design carries enough calcium carbide for more than 20 jumps and can glide for almost 26 meters. The next step for the team is to scale up the vehicle in both size and distribution.


 

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