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Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Early models had just 100 horsepower courtesy of a five-cylinder radial engine, however, most later models had 260-hp nine-cylinder radial engines sourced from light aircraft. To ensure the boat didn’t flip over or push itself off of the ground with this much power, the engine was pointed downwards at a few degrees so it was always pushing the craft into the earth. 

Control for the A-3 was handled by two rudders on the back of the craft that both directed the air from the propeller and extended to the ground to provide mechanical steering. These rudders were controlled by a steering wheel inside the cabin. In addition to turning left or right, the rudders could also both point outwards when the wheel was pulled towards the driver, allowing for aerodynamic braking. To ensure the aerosledge wouldn’t slip from left to right over ice, three stainless steel runners protruded from the hull to provide lateral grip.

Over snow, the A-3 could carry as much as 1,400 pounds, and allegedly travel as fast as 74 miles per hour. Over water, the payload was a lesser 660 lbs, and the craft was limited to a speed of 40 mph—but that’s still good by boat standards. At 13-feet long and 7-feet wide, there was room for a driver and four passengers. But even carrying all of those people, the craft allegedly has a draft of just two inches in the water. This is in part thanks to the hull providing a small amount of lift when traveling at higher speeds. That being said, this is not an Ekranoplan. It cannot remain aloft, even inside the ground effect.

Production of these machines lasted until the early 1980s, and they found various uses in the frozen parts of Russia, and other eastern European countries such as

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Machine Safeguarding Solutions Market with COVID-19 Recovery Analysis 2020-2024|Growth of End-user Industries to Boost Market Growth

Machine Safeguarding Solutions Market with COVID-19 Recovery Analysis 2020-2024|Growth of End-user Industries to Boost Market Growth

The global machine safeguarding solutions market size is poised to grow by USD 774.41 million during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 4% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Machine Safeguarding Solutions Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The machine safeguarding solutions market is driven by the growth of end-users. Several machining operations that are carried out in the automotive and industrial machine manufacturing industry involve bending, boring, grinding, and milling. Manufacturers use transmission systems such as flywheels, belts, pulleys, motors, and gears to operate auxiliary systems such as compressors and pumps, machine tools, and packaging lines. The increased use of these tools and systems can pose a significant safety hazard to the operators and stimulate the need for adequate machine safeguarding solutions to eliminate or reduce safety risks.

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Report Highlights:

  • The major machine safeguarding solutions market growth came from the switches segment and the segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the next five years.

  • Europe was the largest machine safeguarding solutions market in 2019, and the region will offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. This is attributed to the growing adherence to strict compliances with workplace safety regulations.

  • The global machine safeguarding solutions market is fragmented. ABB Ltd., Eaton

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