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Hamsa the ferry, no longer just a fairy tale

24 June 2011

BANGALORE:National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has developed an air propelled ferry system — CSIR Hamsa — to access difficult terrains such as marshy land and water.

Hamsa, with a likely price tag of Rs4 lakh, can be used for eco-tourism, fishing, leisure, geometrics, law enforcement, search and rescue operations.

The ferry, named after the mythological bird which does not fly but moves in land and water, is a self-propelled multi-terrain vehicle which depends primarily on air thrust for propulsion.

“In India, over 400 million people live along the coastline and water bodies like rivers, lakes, shallow water regions of which many are filled with weeds. The air ferry can be used in a wide variety of applications where access is a problem,” said Dr S Selvarajan, NAL scientist and project leader of the CSIR.
Hamsa is undergoing trial runs at Ulsoor Lake and can be custom-built with different hull designs……

Read more: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_hamsa-the-ferry-no-longer-just-a-fairy-tale_1558447

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Written by csirindia

June 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

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