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#1 lonewolf


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Posted 24 July 2004 - 08:13 AM

Has the Jetsons age finally arrived? Well not quite, but an interesting site nonetheless. http://www.moller.com/skycar

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 10:59 AM

Just need parking places and traffic control..
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Posted 24 July 2004 - 02:47 PM

Actually the 4 seater model, named the M400, has a special folding wing design that allows it to be driven on regular roads (at up to 35 mph)and stored in a typical single car garage. But it is not designed for long term ground travel. Maybe they'll change this in the future.

Here's some other info.

This verticle take-off and landing vehicle will be available in 2, 4, and 6, seater models. The M400 is far safer and much faster than any light helicopter. Top speed is 350 mph @ 25,000 ft. with a max flight range of 750 miles, at max load.

A dual parachute system is in place, incase of catastrophic engine failure. Which seems highly unlikely due to the computer controlled eight engine setup, that allows you to maintain flight even with multiple engine failure. But it's nice to know it has parachutes to allow a safe landing, just incase.

Engines can run on regular unleaded gasoline as well as diesel, natural gas, and alcohol. Gets up to 20 mpg using regular unleaded gasoline, but more on other fuel sources.

Engine noise level is 30% of a typical Cessna 150 during takeoff. But the company is working on a noise reduction system that will make it about as loud as your average car, and more suitable for urban environments.

Though it is claimed to be very easy to fly, It currently would require a pilot's license to operate, but plans are in the works for a automated gps type guidance system that would allow nearly anyone to operate it! And without the expensive pilots license.

Finally the big question, price. If it goes into mass production it would be lowered to the range of a mid priced automobile. It just depends on demand. If they were purchased in mass quantity all over the USA, or world, price could be lowered considerably.

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