Posts by Dave Clarke

US Air Force Prepares to Take Off with Flying Cars

F15 Eagle. F-22 Raptor. F-16 Fighting Falcon. Terrafugia? Pop.Up? The US Air Force has announced plans to develop its own flying car to add to its fleet of aircraft. Called Agility Prime, Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, explained: “It was a low-hanging opportunity to broaden the…

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AeroMobil Set to Release 6.0 eVTOL Design

AeroMobil, the Slovakian flying car manufacturer, plans to reveal a scaled design of its version 6.0 flying car before the close of 2019. The 6.0 eVTOL will be the company’s first flight-mode-only model, said Simon Bendrey, AeroMobil’s head of engineering, at the Global Urban Air Summit in the UK. AeroMobil also announced the launch of…

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Kitty Hawk VTOL Has Flown 25,000 Times

Flyer, the one-person VTOL being developed by Kitty Hawk, the flying car company founded by former Google executive Sebastian Thrun, has now flown more than 25,000 times. The company hopes to market the one-passenger/pilot Flyer alongside CORA, its two-person/piloted air taxi, which is being developed with Boeing. Flyer is intended for recreational use. Kitty Hawk…

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Flying car launched in Japan.

NEC’s Flying Car Completes Successful Test Flight in Japan

“You may think of ‘Back to the Future,’” Fumiaki Ebihara, an official with the  Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told CBS News in 2018. “Up to now, it was just a dream, but with innovations in motors and batteries, it’s time for it to become real.” Let the records show that in early…

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US Air Force Considers Flying Cars for Rescue Missions

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently released a solicitation for proposals and bids to develop an autonomous aircraft (drone) to be used to rescue military personnel. The concept, based on flying car technologies being developed worldwide, is for a vehicle that would be air-dropped from a C-130 aircraft, slowed down with the use…

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Uber Skyport Mobility Hub as imagined by SHoP

Uber Unveils Skyport Designs for Flying Cars

With plans to launch its Uber Air air taxi services by 2023, Uber revealed the finalists in its competition to design Skyport Mobility Hubs. Uber’s eVTOLs will use these hubs to take off and land. Eight architectural firms based in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Melbourne, Australia (all places where the first Uber Air services will…

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