With city roads getting more congested by the day and space for each human becoming more scare by the minute, the next method for commuting even for daily chores might be airways. Since commercial flights might not be possible in this segment, Moller International has built a set of 2 new skycars, which are lightweight in design, and would be the future of everyday commuting in cities. Apart from that, these skycars might not even need the users to undergo the stringent pilot license tests, and would perfectly make do with Sport Pilot license instead.
Those who might recall, Moller International was the same company which had earlier developed the M400X skycar vehicle, have now pioneered 2 new models for this particular space, namely the 200 LS and the 100 LS:
· Skycar 200 LS
With a Tandem seating for 2 people, this aircraft occupies a total space of around 119 sq ft with a gross weight of 1,320-lbs. Under the hood, this Light Sport Aviation aircraft, packs in 170 HP of engine output. The time the skycar takes to reach parachute safe height is 11.3 seconds, where as transition height takes around 16.2 seconds, and the maximum rate of climb at sea level is pegged at 1,860 feet per minute. Unlike cars, the fuel efficiency is much higher at 42 miles to the gallon, with a onetime ride ability distance of 434 miles.
· Skycar 100 LS
Going by the name, this version of the skycar is younger cousin of the higher model previously talked about, with a capacity for just a single passenger. Though built with similar design theme as the 200LS, the size and technical configurations are on the lower side in comparison. With a total size of around 22.5 sq ft, the aircraft has a single passenger capacity, but has the same engine output of 170HP, but a body weight of 800-lbs for the entire unit. However, the climbing times are shorter with 10 seconds needed to reach parachute safe height, and transition height taking around 16.4 seconds. The rate at which the aircraft would travel is 3,460 feet per minute, making it more feasible for spaces where there is more open air.
The other notable point which makes the skycar highly feasible vehicle for the future, is the Vertical takeoff and landing mechanism (VTOL). Since these small planes are meant for use within cities, this system will help in easy take off and landing, as it doesn’t require the traditional amount space required for other aircrafts. Seems like a journey towards the future from this point, but only when one of the rich folks gets their hands on this one, will we know how far it goes.
Via: Moller International