Radio control aircraft have been using battery-powered electric motors for decades and so why not a full-size aircraft? Oh, right. The range. That’s not to mention the awfully long time required for recharging. Notwithstanding those shortfalls, many aerospace companies are developing battery-powered aircraft, albeit mostly – if not all – are all short-range transportation.
Even before eVTOL becomes a norm, an aerospace startup is already planning to introduce what it called “flying electric hypercar.” And the startup, called Urban eVTOL (UEV), is not started by just anyone; it is by VTOL and eVTOL inventor, Pete Bitar, who has more than 14 patents under his belt.
It has been several years since a new personal air transport called Blackfly by Opener was revealed. The good news is, it is still alive. Yay. The California-based aerospace outfit has recently carried out a human flight demonstration at the EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
A V-shaped aircraft is radical. A regular body aircraft design can be as radical too – if it has 6 wings like the SE200, as pitched by an Alabama-based aerospace startup SE Aeronautics.
Some people are skeptical about electric cars because of battery because, when it conks out, it, well, conks out*. On land, it is perfectly fine, but in the air? That could be a life and death situation. However, if you are unfazed by this obvious fact and has shit load of money, then look forward …
So far, the so-called “flying cars” are mostly glorified, oversized drones and hardly can be called “flying cars”. I mean. When we mention flying cars, we expect something out of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997, Buena Vista International), or at least something like Matt Trakker’s Thunderhawk from the cartoon series, M.A.S.K.
While Aerion has shut down, fellow supersonic jet maker Boom Technology is, well, making a lot of progress. Since revealing the plan to make a supersonic jet in 2016, the Colorado-based aerospace company has revealed its first demonstrator, XB-1 and today, it was revealed that United Airlines will be buying up to 50 (!) Overture …
As per the headline, the Nevada-based aerospace company is shutting down. This comes as shock – specially since two aerospace biggies, Boeing and GE Aviation, were Aerion‘s partners.
Usually a small country wouldn’t have developed its own fighter jet. New Zealand and Japan doesn’t. Heck, even a huge country like Australia doesn’t. But not South Korea. For some reasons, the Korean Peninsula country has decided that it needs to develop its own.
Richard Branson’s space travel dream will take off this year and joining the fleet that will fly (very rich) folks to the realm of space is the new VSS Imagine, the first SpaceShip III spaceship.