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What is Zee.Aero up to?

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posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 11:15 AM
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In Hollister, California, an aircraft was spotted hovering above the ground. From the description of the aircraft, inclusive of its acoustic signature and pictures, it appears the aircraft is one with electric engines and capable of VTOL. The description and some photos are in the link below.

It has been suggested this is Zee.aero. This is the company that has been rumored to be Larry Page's(*) pet project for a flying car. The aircraft hardly looks like a car nor would it work on the California roads. However, the prospect of a VTOL private plane is certainly interesting.

The veil of discretion, if not secrecy adds some intrigue.

What does the forum think?

www.siliconvalley.com...


*. One of the founders of Google.




posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 11:30 AM
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a reply to: anzha

We need the Zeph for this one.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 11:38 AM
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Quite a few companies are working on electric aircraft right now. They'd be used for everything from personal transport, to shuttles between nearby airports or heliports.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 12:50 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yeah, but do you have any intel on this possibly being the Zee Aero?



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 01:00 PM
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a reply to: thesungod

Not yet.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 04:34 PM
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When you're out and about, watching drivers around you constantly befuddled with moving in two dimensions should be enough to evoke horror at the thought of those same people being forced to cope with movement in three dimensions.

God help us if flying "cars" ever hit the market.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 10:21 PM
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Just what we need, drug addicts nodding out in flying cars... Wonderful. And don't even start with the "you'll need a special license" #, because you know that laws magically change when morons need to have the new toys.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 10:37 PM
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Automation will make flying cars possible. Imagine the money we'll save on infrastructure alone when you can Uber a flying car to pick you up & take you wherever. Nobody will be driving, it'll be a network of connected 'devices' that are aware at all times of every other vehicle's position. That's the only way flying personal transportation will work, but it will work.

Go watch a video of a Tesla driving itself, dropping off the passenger then searching out a free parking space completely without human input & tell me it's not the future.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 11:17 PM
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a reply to: PhantomTwo

Good luck getting the FAA to sanction an Uber-style flight service with pilotless aircraft under what would still be part 135.

You might be able to make something work under part 91 though, but it would have to be fractional ownership.



posted on Oct, 25 2016 @ 12:54 AM
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The authorities came down hard on drone pilots after they decided to toy with commercial aircraft.Might have to invest in battery companies and solar panel tech



posted on Oct, 26 2016 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

I think that the thing everyone seems to miss about all of these "flying car" proposals is that there's no way to get FAA certification with anywhere near the complexity of zee.aero's designs and end up with a system that costs you even as little as $500k apiece.

Take the Terrafugia transition. As an aircraft, it's barely a light sport aircraft, and yet it still costs north of $300k because of FAA certifying all the extra tech that goes into making it possible to drive/park it anywhere other than on a tarmac.

Add VTOL and AI-augmented piloting to that package, and suddenly a turbine Enstrom or Robinson starts to seem like an "affordable" alternative.

And there's no way to pull that cost down without seriously compromising safety (which the FAA will never allow), and so you end up with a system where even a Part 91-friendly fractional ownership scheme ends up costing you the better part of what fractional ownership of a JetRanger or PC-12 costs, making buying a Tesla P85D look cheap, and making the personal VTOL aircraft an economic impossibility for ~99.5% of the US population.



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