FLAYING VEHICLE-DARPA’s flying car

Not too long ago DARPA put out a call for a flying car, wanting something that had all the versatility on land as a Humvee, but also had Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. Texas-based AVX Aircraft is stepping up to the plate, and its concept looks pretty close.

DARPA asked for something that could hold four troops, and wouldn’t be much louder than a helicopter while flying, or an average car while driving. While we can’t determine the latter as AVX’s flying car is just a render right now, it certainly looks like a car with a helicopter blade on top of it.

The four-seater is designed to carry over 1,000 pounds 250 miles on a single tank of gas, and can travel 80 miles per hour while in the air and tops out at 140 on land. Once it’s on the ground, it’d take 60 seconds for the vehicle to convert itself from its flying mode to get land-ready.

Will this be the flying craft DARPA ends up going with? We don’t know yet, but just looking at this thing it really doesn’t look too far out there, does it? DARPA really could get itself a flying car.

Popular Science, via Auto Motto

Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready.

AVX says the four-seater will be able to carry a 1,040-lb. payload 250 miles on a single tank of fuel, peaking at 80 miles per hour over land and 140 miles per hour in the air. It’s coaxial rotor design would certainly satisfy the vertical take-off and landing requirement, and at least the sketches make it look off-road rugged. Unfolding the rotor blades for flight should convert the vehicle from road warrior to aircraft in just one minute.

Of course, sketches are only sketches and it will be interesting to see if AVX can flesh this design out into a practical battlefield vehicle that reliably complies with the written laws of physics and the unwritten practicalities of combat. But as concepts go this one is pretty cool. Feel free to pull the pic above into Photoshop and add the air-to-surface armaments of your choice.

The flying car can cruise at 10,000ft altitude at max gross weight and travel 250 miles on one tank of fuel. The one-to four-person concept unfolds the rotor blades to covert from road rocket to aircraft in just one minute. Well, the concept seems promising, however; if it’ll suit or reliable and robust enough to meet the practical situations of battlefield remains to be seen.

Via: Popsci

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