British Rail has been hit with the issue of trains not running on time. Perhaps, a simple form of technology and system could solve this problem. But it seems that British Rail has a hard time to get the job done. One might wonder, how did it ever consider it would be able to initiate space travel?
In 1970s, British Rail’s aspiration was to build a patented flying saucer. With a patent granted in March 1973, Charles Osmond Frederick designed a craft that utilises nuclear fusion for its energy source. Charles planned to stabilise the vehicle with laser beams that are generated in pulses.
Charles developed magnetised subatomic particles to give lift and thrust to the flying saucer. Passengers would get protection from radiation with a thick metal shield in the hull.
Based on the law of physics, the idea would be quite difficult to put into a reality. Also, the patent lapsed in 1976 with just a slim likelihood the craft be ever getting made.
Was the idea worth patenting? YouTube famous personality Tom Scott says any ideas that are original can be worth patenting even if they are the most insane ones.