Robotic High Speed Train that Looks like a Plane

A new high speed train being tested resembles more a plane. The new train doesn't use tracks and actually flies slightly above the ground.  See the link for videos.
A ground-effect vehicle takes advantage of this fast-moving air and uses some stubby little wings to fly just above the ground, like a maglev without the mag. This is a tricky thing to do, since you have to control the vehicle more like an airplane than a train, meaning that you have to deal with pitch, roll, and yaw and not just the throttle. A Japanese research group led by Yusuke Sugahara at Tohoku University has built robotic prototype of a free flying ground-effect vehicle [photo above] that they're using to test an autonomous three axis stabilization system


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Dave - The interesting thing about this isn't that it uses propellers.. the interesting bit is the fact that it's flying, unlike the train in your video, which is, you know.. rolling.
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