Saturday, June 27, 2009
A car that can fly
I really dont know how to address this, a car or a plane... ???
The Flying Car! Developers of Terrafugia Transition, dubbed The Flying Car, have claimed that the vehicle, which can drive, fly, and automatically transform between the two in 60 seconds, could be on the road and in the skies as early as 2011.
The two-seater vehicle completed its first flight last March and recently completed 27 additional flights, wrapping up the first of a four stage process to bring the Transition into production.
Its been very successful. Weve got a very good handling vehicle and our test pilot said that the flights were just remarkably unremarkable it just flies like a really nice, little airplane, Carl Dietrich, cofounder and CEO of Terrafugia , said.
And, according to its developers , the vehicle targets pilots who currently face a number of obstacles that prevent them from flying on a more regular basis. Weather sensitivity is a huge one. This vehicle allows a pilot to at any time, if the weather changes, to divert to the nearest airport, fold up their wings and drive safely under the weather, Dietrich said. However, Dietrich said a second barrier is the expense of owning an aircraft. With the wings folded up, the vehicle actually fits inside a single car garage. If you want to drive on the road, just touch the road.
The vehicle will fold up its wings in 30 seconds and transform itself into a car. In the air, the Transition can cruise up to 725 kilometres at more than 185 km per hour.
source The Times of India Chennai 26.6.09
Terrafugia website link