Ekatalina Ooc in Ekatalina! Posted May 30, 2012 However, as I read on the subject, the ekranoplans have trouble maintaining the ground-effect that provides them with lift when the surface is rough (one opinion - basing unknown - claimed that sea over 3 B grounds them). The fact is, they were best known for their use in Caspian Sea, which is pretty a calm one. Speaking as resident assistant/minion/artist... I believe Joie has higher gravity, 1.3G. This would result in flatter oceans (but powerful currents) and a very dense lower atmosphere (but a thinner upper). The Ekranoplan that we've been designing is capable of Ground-Effect and fixed wing flight (at reduced efficiency). When I'm done designing engine positions, it'll be able to do a Vectored-Thrust-Hover as well. We believe Ekranoplanes to be a perfect compromise position given the atmospheric and oceanic conditions, and are assuming two centuries of development in engines. This is a culture with single-stage surface-to-orbit craft, so I'm pretty sure they can make an all-weather Ekranoplane hover if need be. This doesn't necessarily mean it's efficient! And I'm going to stop there - Comp will get the thread up about the craft, and hopefully tonight I'll be able to lay down some images for you all. At the end of the day - This Plane is going to be the coolest, most badass go-anywhere do-anything SAR ship we can think up. And it's gonna look awesome.