In support of two proposals recently submitted to potential partners, Aerofex has finished preliminary design of the Aero-X flotation gear. The floats provide a water-borne capability that will allow the platform to operate safely over water.

The over-water version of the Aero-X would be useful for ship-to-shore or ship-to-ship transport as well as traversing shallow water, rivers, or marshland – where other vehicles have trouble.

Designed to increase lift in ground effect, the water-enabled platform should have the same capacity as the Aero-X, but at reduced altitude – around 6-8 feet. We hope to test the gear early in the development process (the ocean is closer then the desert) – and report performance as we go.

It looks to be a whole lot of fun.