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The world of eVTOLs keeps zooming ahead, further propelled forward by Russia's recent announcement of its upcoming "Cyclocar" prototype.
The Federal Government's press release (in Russian) outlined the flying car's next steps, which include test flights in 2022, with the hope to start production by 2024.
The Cyclocar is a hybrid-electric autonomous aircraft that flies forward thanks to its four cyclical propellers. It'll be able to transport up to six passengers, with a maximum payload capacity of 1,323 pounds (600 kg).
Last year, a small-scale version weighing roughly 140 pounds (60 kg) was successfully tried and tested, reported TASS.
Next year's prototype will be the company's full-sized version, measuring 20.3 by 19.6 feet (6.2 by 6 meters), with a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), a range of 311 miles (500 km), without any wings, and with four fixed-wheeled landing gear arrangements. This version will be all-electric, with a hybrid version coming later down the line.
Built with various purposes in mind, the Cyclocar will be able to land on surfaces with a 30-degree incline and dock on vertical surfaces. The plan is for the flying car to be available for both civilian and military uses, including urban air mobility, search and rescue, police work, fire fighting, tourism, surveying, transportation to the battlefield, and more.
On top of all of that, the eVTOL is meant to be easy to fly — either by someone piloting the flying vehicle or by someone at ground control.
When it comes to flying cars, we're certainly in for a treat in the coming years. From speedy flying race cars to eVTOL Skybuses carrying 30 to 50 passengers, there's a little bit for everyone.
Imagine some drunk driver ploughing into a tower block at around 200+mph.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: BerkshireEntity
Thing there is zero-point energy cannot be harnessed in the traditional manner.
The idea of zero-point energy being there is a finite minimum amount of kinetic energy in all matter, even at absolute zero.
To date there are no valid theories that predict any way to extract this energy.