SkyDrive’s SD-03 Is A More Car-Like Flying Car

Source: Slashdot SkyDrive’s SD-03 Is A More Car-Like Flying Car

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SkyDive is an interesting name for a developer of urban air mobility solutions, at least SD-03, the name of their prototype, doesn’t immediately make you want to reach for a parachute.  Unlike Agility Prime, this actually looks more like a car than a giant quadrocopter and offers the driver a little protection against wind and the elements.  At two meters high by four meters wide and four meters long it, you would only need to pay for two parking spots if you popped out in one.

The SD-03 is fully electric and the flight system consists of four pairs of counter-rotating drive rotors each powered by a separate motor.  This offers great agility and in theory, the ability for a controlled descent if you lose a single rotor from one or more of the pairs, though losing both rotors in one pair will lead  to a rather bad day.

SkyDive recently completed a successful four minute flight test at the Toyota Test Field in Japan, with a pilot in the seat.  Most of the functions of the SD-03 are handled by a computer-assisted control system, as asking a dirver to manually balance the four rotor pairs would be a bit much for commercial usage but there are still controls for the driver. 

There are a couple of videos of the flight of the SDS-03 on YouTube and you can check out their PR here.

The SD-03 is the world's smallest electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle and takes up the space of about two parked cars, according to the company. It has eight motors to ensure "safety in emergency situations..." The success of this flight means that it is likely the car will be tested outside of the Toyota Test field by the end of the year. The company will continue to develop technologies to safely and securely launch the flying car in 2023, the news release said.

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