TWO FLYING VEHICLE CONCEPTS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO HAVE IT
The development is ongoing and in the next few years it will be ready to enter production.
Flying vehicles are no longer a dream that can only be seen in sci-fi movies. Several companies have demonstrated the production of this aerial vehicle with an extended range capability.
In addition to products already in the production stage, some are still in the form of a concept. Interestingly, these concepts look convincing and are claimed to be ready to use. We've come up with two flying vehicle concepts that you might have in the future.
California-based company Jetpack Aviation has just shown a prototype of a flying motorcycle (you've read that right), a bike that can fly for everyday use.
The prototype, named the Speeder, can control its flight abilities, including thrust when moving. This one-and-a-half-year program makes this flying motorcycle easy to operate during flight. This includes autonomous flying with vertical takeoff capability on all types of ground surfaces.
"We could have an ultralight version, which requires no pilot's license, ready within two years and an experimental category version within six months after that," Jetpack Aviation CEO David Mayman was quoted as saying by Robb Report.
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“The ultralight version would be limited to 100 km per hour (FAA rules) and a flight time of 15 minutes. The experimental version would require a basic pilot's license to fly. The speed of this version would be approximately 400 km per hour with a flight time of about 35 minutes.”
Speeder form is very futuristic. This flying motorcycle used four turbines in the original concept, which became eight in the final product. It weighs about 136 kilograms with a carrying capacity of around 272 kilograms, the ability that must be met to become a VTOL (vertical Takeoff Landing) vehicle.
Features in the steering area resemble a modern motorcycle with a 12-inch screen for navigation and a radio system. Speeder version 2.0 will get a trial run in the summer of this year. The inaugural test will begin in early 2022.
For those interested, Jet Pack Aviation has provided an estimated price of around $381,000 or around Rp 5.4 billion.
The shape of this flying vehicle by Urban eVTOL is quite interesting. Suppose the eVTOL concept has always been close to the form of an airplane or helicopter. In that case, this concept approach is precisely towards the car.
It's a bit extreme considering that the conventional form of air vehicles has its own advantages. But the design of the car with the name Leo Coupe is quite interesting.
This vehicle has dimensions of 6 meters long and 3 meters wide, enough to be in the house's garage. The interior has a car-like design with semi-autonomous capabilities with a fly-by-wire control system.
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The thrust comes from the electric jetpack design made by Pete Bitar's Electric Jet Aircraft. The system uses five clusters of jet turbines powered by electricity. Four of the clusters are the lift, and the fifth is to propel the vehicle forward.
This prototype has performed well in several tests with speeds of up to 400 km per hour in one hour of flight time.
“We set out to create a safe and compact vehicle that operates simply and feels intuitively to a culture accustomed to automobiles,” Urban eVTOL co-founder Carlos Salaff was quoted as saying by Robb Report.
“The scale of our vehicle is more akin to a car than an airplane. We do not have exposed propeller blades that could cause harm to people and property. This enables us to reach more service areas with a more compact network of landing hubs,” said Salaff.
The flying vehicle is planned to ride up to three people with an estimated price of around $300,000 or Rp 4.3 billion. Unfortunately, this vehicle cannot be ordered yet because it is waiting for certification in 2023 and is expected to arrive in 2026.
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