Fancloth uses microscale motors and miniature fans to provide lift
Fancloth A lightweight, smart fabric mesh with powered microfans installed within approx. 1.5 mm mesh openings. Fancloth mesh size is affected by several factors; molecular motors can be made which are much smaller, but very small fans would be choked by atmospheric dust. Similarly, fancloth with mesh larger than 1.5mm create turbulent airflow and lose efficiency.
Fancloth can be used as sails or wings capable of carrying small vehicles or individuals; one common configuration is the Paracopter (see this page).
Fancloth can also be used in reverse to generate power as a form of wind turbine. This material was first suggested by Information Age imagineer J Storrs Hall, who also formed the original concept of Utility Fog.
Aircraft - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Any vehicle capable of atmospheric travel at higher than ground-effect level. Depending on the local environment and technology available, the form the aircraft takes can vary greatly. May be lighter than air (dirigible) or heavier than air; propelled by microscopic cilia, actuators or aerofoils or by macroscopic propellers or turbines; dumb, smart, or sentient; subsonic or supersonic, etc. By definition, aircraft are unable to function in a vacuum, although there are amphibious and triphibious vehicles that can function underwater, on-land, and in the air. Also most exoatmospheric shuttles and fighter-craft can function equally well in an atmosphere or in a vacuum.