Thursday, February 01, 2007

Yet Another Flying Car


The race is on to build the flying car of tomorrow, as yet another contender has joined the fray.
CNN is reporting that Urban Aeronautics, an Israeli company, hopes to have a marketable version of its first commercial flying vehicle on the road (so to speak) by 2010.

Called the X-Hawk, the vehicle is being designed for use as an emergency transport vehicle for urban rescue missions. Like most flying cars currently under design the significant difference between this type of vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle and, say, a helicopter, will be its enclosed rotors, making power lines and tree tops a non-issue when it comes to maneuvering.


It remains to be seen which of the many planned flying cars will be the first to see flight. Among the many contenders: Moller Skycar; Transition, by Terrafugia, Inc.; or perhaps the less futuristic-looking AirScooter being built by AirScooter Corp.


There are many more dedicated engineers and inventors looking to make the best of the forthcoming Small Aircraft Transportation System, so it's still anybody's game...

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