2000 BC Hydrogen Powered Flight
In an ancient Sanskrit manuscript knows as the Agastya Samhita, there are in depth descriptions of a battery that electrolyzes water to free up hydrogen. This hydrogen is then used to fill up a balloon, which was used to carry man into the air.
Upon my own research into electrolysis technologies, I came across these references and mentioned it in my presentation on Water Fuel Secrets at the 2014 Energy Science & Technology Conference.
Check out this headline from 1917…
Agasthya was a sage who is credited with inventing the dry cell battery, electrolysis, electroplating, and balloons. This dry cell battery has actually been replicated according to its description in these texts and does indeed produce a voltage.
Agasthya’s Samhita(book) says :
“Sansthapya Mrinmaya Patre
संस्था प्ये (Take ) मृन्मये (soil) पत्रे ( patra= container) “तम्रपात्र्न” ( cleaned copper plate) सुसांकरतम च्छाड्येत ( cover with ) शिखी ( Morchud = Copper sulphate)ग्रिवेनड्रारभिही कस्थाप
Which means, “Place a well-cleaned copper plate in an earthenware vessel. Cover it first by copper sulfate and then by moist sawdust. After that, put a mercury-amalgamated zinc sheet on top of the sawdust to avoid polarization. The contact will produce an energy known by the twin name of Mitra-Varuna. Water will be split by this current into Pranavayu and Udanavayu. A chain of one hundred jars is said to give a very effective force. ”
This cell gives an open circuit voltage as 1.138 volts, and short circuit current as 23 mA. That doesn’t sound like a lot of this text describes putting around 100 of these cells in series for some serious hydrogen production!
Read more about this amazing history: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/vedic_science/indian-chemist-discovers-secrets-agastya-samhita-1927/