Russians reach the final of the Boeing-sponsored personal aircraft design competition
The Moscow drone company Aeroxo has reached the final of the international competition for the development of individual flying vehicles GoFly, the largest sponsor of which is Boeing.
More than 850 teams from 103 countries took part in the competition, but only five reached the final. Basic requirements for participation in GoFly is the development of a project for a personal aircraft that is capable of flying 32 km at a speed of at least 55.5 km / h with a pilot weighing at least 90 kg, without exceeding the noise threshold of 87 dB. Moreover, they must take off and land vertically (or almost).
Aeroxo made it to the finals with a flying motorcycle project with rotors arranged in pairs at the front and rear of the vehicle..
The developers of the compact electric apparatus Silver1 S1 with a closed cockpit and two huge motors will also compete for the main prize..
DragonAir offers a flying Segway analogue with eight battery-powered propellers. In addition to manual control using hands and body body, Airboard 2.0 is equipped with a computer stabilization system.
A slightly similar concept was presented by a team from the University of Texas A&M. Their version resembles a modified ski barrel with two propellers..
The DragonAir Aviation project is a personal platform-style aircraft with a pilot’s seat surrounded by eight protected rotors. Controlled by a joystick and remote control.
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There will be several winners and each of them will receive $ 250 thousand, and another $ 100 thousand will be awarded to himself «breakthrough» project. The main sponsor of the competition was the aerospace company Boeing, which allocated $ 1 million for the prize fund. Support was also provided by corporations such as Pratt&Whitney and Dell Technologies.
Perhaps Boeing is looking for technical solutions to jointly Porsche premium flying car project.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: GoFly
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