For some time, we’ve seen countless concepts of what an eVTOL air taxi may look like but this is not what you’d typically expect. Introducing Jaunt Air Mobility’s Reduced Rotor Operating Speed Aircraft, or ROSA for short.
This particular eVTOL air taxi seems to combine a helicopter and small aeroplane but it does seem to be the real deal. If you consider that safety and certification are the biggest obstacles the flying car market has to face, this eVTOL air taxi seems to be on the right track, or is it?
The aviation industry may be experiencing a lull in
light of COVID-19 flight restrictions but that hasn’t stopped the world’s
largest aircraft. Aviation enthusiasts now have something to be excited about
as the Antonov AN-225 cargo plane took to the skies over Ukraine. Flightradar24
tracked the Antonov AN-225 flying from its hub at Antonov Airport in Kiev,
Back in October 2019, NASA took delivery of its first electric
plane, called the X-57 Maxwell X-Plane. Based on the four-seater Tecnam P2006T
conventional light aircraft, when the X-57 electric plane is fully developed,
it is expected to be 500% more efficient in high-speed cruising. Also, it will produce
no in-flight carbon dioxide emissions while being much quieter than most
With growing concerns around global warming and the
increased usage of sustainable energy resources, hybrid aircraft could play a
bigger role in the future. The aerospace sector has undoubtedly made impressive
strides since the 1950s in terms of increased power and efficiency of engines.
However, more recent studies indicate that engine technology could reach
This means a more reasonable investment in the amount
of energy we can extract from carbon-based fuel. More air travel and more
aircraft in the sky will lead to increased fuel consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions unless we find a suitable fossil fuel substitute.
A new flying car has been unveiled in Japan by NEC
Corp. While it is essentially a drone with four propellers, the company says it
will be capable of carrying people. Even though the prototype only hovered for a
minute, it did fly and marks another impressive development in the hotly
debated area of future transport.
Over the last few years in Japan, a number of small,
passionate flying car communities have emerged. They believe that Japan has the
engineering knowledge and the right environment to succeed (and lead) a global
flying car industry. Venture capitalists in Japan have set up a fund called the
‘Drone Fund’ which is purely for investing purposes into autonomous aircraft and
flying car companies.