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Friday, May 17, 2013

Top-5 Future Flying-Cars Concept

The future of the automotive and aircraft industry will be the same. During that time, the community has been promised the flying car in the next few years.

As already reported by CarBuzz on February, 2013 and some other site, there are some flying cars that will be ready to marketed, although they are not too sure if you look at the concept of a flying car.

5. YEE
YEE, a flying car concept from China. (Picture from: http://www.designbuzz.com/)
Don't forget to YEE, a flying car model that allows users utilize the concept of a flying car future of all existing designs. YEE is a flying car conceptualized by designers Pan Jiazhi, Zhu Wenxi and Lai Zexin from the Department of Industrial Design in School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering in China. YEE is designed with an aim to meet the needs of people living in the modern cities.

4. MOLLER AUTOVOLANTOR
The flying car will be marketed in 2015, maybe could become a reality. Several the future flying car that will color the future, were expected to attend from Moller International, which has decided to propose cooperation with Autovolantor in terms of design. The flying car will be taken from the base body of Ferrari 599 GTB supercar, and allegedly had a maximum speed of 160 kph on land, and 240 kph in the air, this air speed ​​is equal with Lamborghini's on land.
Moller Autovolantor flying car concept. (Picture from: http://www.designbuzz.com/)
The autovolantor is designed to function on the road very much like a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) using one of its eight Rotapower engines to generate enough electrical power to drive for up to 64.37 km (40 miles).

3. SAMSON MOTORWORKS SWITCHBLADE
There is also Samson Switchblade, a flying car with three wheels that is designed for those who love adventure. Switchblade that uses rocket power have reached a cruising speed of 216 kph. In contrast to another flying car concept, Samson Switchblade comes with a parachute which will be used when it has run out of gas.
Samson Motorworks Switchblade. (Picture from: http://www.cartype.com/)
The Switchblade features side-by-side seating, less weight, slower landing speed, room for golf clubs and a wide cabin. It also include heating and air conditioning, video rear view monitor, dual ground/air lighting system, automatic vehicle leaning in turns and stereo CD player with MP3 input. As far as safety is concerned, it has a front impact shock absorber, side impact door protection and a ballistic chute recovery system.

2. X-HAWK
This flying car coming from Israel. The flying car designed and created by Rafi Yoeli, an Israeli designer from the Urban Aeronautics (UrbanAero). Since it start designed and developed in 2002, now they are optimistic that the X-Hawk will be completed and can be marketed this year.
The Fancraft is the military version of the X-Hawk aircraft. It would be used primarily as a troop carrier. (Picture from: http://www.flickr.com/)
The flying car has 2 main engine are located on the front and back of the body, and can fly up to 2 hours at a maximum altitude of 3,700 feet (12,000 m) with a maximum speed of 248 kph and can accommodate 12 people in it. Passengers are in the middle between the front and rear engine. 
X-Hawk was already undergoing testing and running smoothly. (Picture from: http://www.israelmuse.com/)
This vehicle is manufactured in several models and price as well, such as the rescue model valued $ 1.5 million, civilian passenger models with 10 passengers for $ 3.5 million and $ 6 million with 12 passengers.

1. DARPA TRANSFORMER TX PROGRAM
Then from the DARPA Transformer TX program, which makes the crazy project and obsessed to make a large vehicles such as the Humvee that fly using helicopter blades. The Flying Humvee would be able to transport troops and load as heavy 472 kg. This two Flying Humvee designed and made by AAI Corporation (a Maryland-based aerospace & defense company) and Lockheed Martin, got a $3.05 million contract each with DARPA to see if it the technology behind the Transformer can, well, get off the ground, as cited from the WIRED site reports.
The AAI's Flying Humvee for DARPA Transformer TX program. (Picture from: http://www.hummer4x4offroad.com/)
Based on so-called "compound helicopter" technology that the company is developing with Carter Aviation Technologies, the gist is that AAI’s design for the Transformer envisions it to carry four soldiers on the road as a car, but the rotor blades on top allow it to take off vertically into the air. The car’s takeoff functions are supposed to be automated, so soldiers or marines don’t have to be aviators to get it off the ground.
The AAI's Flying Humvee has to be able to climb to 10,000 feet (3,048 m) and travel 250 miles (402 km) on a single tank of gas, meaning it’s got to be green. (Picture from: http://www.wired.com/)
Lockheed Martin have made it through to the second phase of DARPA's Transformer (TX) program - but the sheer scale of the challenges in producing a fly-drive tactical vehicle is becoming clear.
The Lockheed Martin's ducted fan powered Transformer Concept for DARPA Transformer TX program and 500 lb (227 kg) lighter than the AAI's. (Picture from: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/)
Lockheed’s design is at least less of a helicopter. While its rotating ducted fans would allow the Transformer to take off and land vertically, like a helo, its wing design is fixed like an airplanes.

The Transformer is not simply a roadable aircraft - it is a four-seat vehicle that must be able to drive off-road, survive small-arms fire, and the flying car was allegedly able to travel a maximum distance of 402 km. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCE | GIZMAG | CARBUZZ | WIRED | DIDIH HUDAYA | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 10052013]
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