No. Blumrich was sceptical when his son read Von Daniken, but read Daniken, read the Bible, and came up with several new patents, in particular one for an omnidirectional powered wheel.
Patents of Nasa Engineer. Josef F. Blumrich. Patent Title. Omnidirectional Wheel. U.S. Patent Number. 3789947. Date Issued. February 5, 1974
A list of U.S. patents issued to NASA engineer Josef F. Blumrich with links to PDF copies of the patents.
Blumrich, J. F. NASA Center for AeroSpace Information
19740205 Feb 5, 1974
The apparatus consists of a wheel having a hub with radially disposed spokes which are provided with a plurality of circumferential rim segments. These rim segments carry, between the spokes, rim elements which are rigid relative to their outer support surfaces, and defined in their outer contour to form a part of the circle forming the wheel diameter. The rim segments have provided for each of the rim elements an independent drive means selectively operable when the element is in ground contact to rotatably drive the rim element in a direction of movement perpendicularly lateral to the normal plane of rotation and movement of the wheel. This affords the wheel omnidirectional movement.
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