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Let's hit the off-road flight!

06.09.2020 0 Comments

Let's hit the off-road flight!


The Japanese have created the flying SkyDrive, but others are also not far behind.

Due to the fact that on our Earth ball the weather conditions change very much and, accordingly, the roads quickly become unusable – there is an arch need for aero-cars.


Aircraft models are being developed intensively all over the world. The bright dream that they will replace land transport and give people much more freedom of movement, more than ever, is close to being realized.


The creators of Japan's SkyDrive are literally one step away from that. The development of the project at Cartivator began in 2017. The first tests of the Japanese SkyDrive car took place safely in unmanned mode, and then they were successfully manned.

The SkyDrive flying vehicle is equipped with an electrical power plant. Electric vertical take-off and landing is used. It is capable of flying up to 50 meters in height at speeds up to 100 km / h. Movement on the ground at speeds up to 60 km / h. The carrying capacity of the sample is 400 kg, opening up the possibility of not only transporting people, but also goods.

The next step is the commercial implementation of the development and the start of the serial production of SkyDrive in 2023.

The head of SkyDrive said in his speech that in the world, of more than 100 flying car projects, only a few have been able to achieve success in human flight.

How did this happen?

In 1917, aeronautical engineer Glen Curtis created a three-seater flying car with a 100 hp engine from his own aircraft and a Ford car, equipped it with 3 rows of 12 meters of fenders and a propeller for moving the autoplane mounted at the rear. But it was a fiasco, because the device could only bounce off the ground. Although for some, this is also an option.

In the 1920s, Henry Ford himself failed and closed the topic.

And in 1937, the designer Waldo Waterman carried out the first successful tests of the "Arrow", created by him in the form of a three-wheeled two-seater motorcycle with wings. The vehicle speed on the roads was 110 km / h and 200 km / h in the sky. The wings were rented at airfields and attached to a motorcycle there. Only six of these were produced. But due to the huge costs, the Studebaker company, which financed the project, curtailed its further development. "People are dying for metal!" Ideas die without metal!

Waterman Aerobile at the Smithsonian Institution

In 1940, after the third tests, the project of the Convair company was tragically completed and buried, which created an air car "ConvAirCar" from a sedan and an aircraft part, which flew for an hour on the first day.

The desire to fly into the sky in a car was great, but the opposite desire – to travel on the ground in an airplane – was developed. Robert Fulton, who managed to get rich on the production and sale of a shooting simulator for anti-aircraft gunners, became widely known during a round-the-world motorcycle rally and a distant relative of the inventor of the steam engine, decides that instead of launching a car into the sky, an airplane needs to be adapted to travel on the road. Without any hesitation or hesitation, he is accepted to create Aerofibia.

In 1946, Fulton realized his vision. The device was equipped with a six-cylinder engine with a capacity of 150 horsepower, the flight speed reached 200 km / h, and on the ground 80 km / h. The wings and tail section of the aircraft are removable, and the propeller was attached to the fuselage. Fulton used to say that a housewife can transform an airplane into a car and vice versa in five minutes! This statement reminds me of something related to a housewife and government. And yet, despite the apparent success of Airphibian, Fulton was unable to bring production to the mass consumer, despite the world's first certificate of the US Civil Aviation Administration for such devices.

In 2013, a flying car from the USA was first mastered in production. An airfield is required for its takeoff. The US Federal Aviation Administration has designated the Terrafugia Transition folding wing flying car from Massachusetts' Terrafugia as a "light sports aircraft". This laid the legal basis for flying cars.


Docking of the TF-2 aeromobile with the flying module

Boston-based Terrafugia has created a four-seater prototype of the TF-2 aircraft. It has a vertical take-off, giving independence from the presence of a runway. The wings of the device are folded, so the car can be parked in a regular garage. There is a 300-horsepower gasoline engine plus two electric motors. Tunnel fan in the tail provides air draft. The wings are equipped with propellers.


The creators of the TF-X promise that it will be able to travel up to 1000 kilometers by air in just three hours. At the same time, the flight in their air car will be safer than riding on ordinary ground vehicles. The whole process of learning to drive a flying car will take only 5 hours.

TF-2 will be equipped with an autopilot, while the driver will be able to control the aircraft himself. Landing for complete safety will be automatic. In case of engine failure, there is a huge parachute that allows the TF-2 to land safely. The airmobile will appear in serial production no earlier than 2025. Its price has not yet been disclosed. But presumably the TF-2 will cost no less than a modern supercar.

In June 2017, French pilot Bruno Vezzoli successfully crossed the English Channel in the Pegasus flying car designed by Jerome Dauphie.

Note that other companies are actively involved in the development of this area. For example, Google co-founder Larry Page is independently funding a project to create aero cars, with vertical takeoff and landing. Such devices are similar to enlarged quadcopters. They have small wings on different sides and are equipped with 8 electric motors. Page has already invested $ 100 million in the startup. Results are expected soon.

The Japanese aero – car – mobile made the first flight with a person.

At the end of August, at the Toyota test site, SkyDrive conducted a public test of the SD-03 manned vehicle. A single prototype took off for 4 minutes.

The SD-03 is the world's most compact vertical take-off and landing electric aircraft.

On the ground, the prototype has enough two parking spaces for ordinary cars. Its size is two meters high, four meters long and the same width. Eight electric motors of the power plant provide the ability to safely land the device even if one of the engines fails. The SD-03's top speed now reaches only a few miles per hour. The prototype can rise several meters into the air with a flight duration of 5-10 minutes.

Indeed, development has been going on for over 100 years. Various companies showcase their models, but their introduction into mass production has not been observed.

Development companies assure that soon anyone will be able to buy an aero car. However, experts are convinced that by definition, flying in aero cars in droves is not achievable.

Let's live. We will see. We fly.

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