7 companies working to make ‘flying cars’ a reality

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may think flying cars are a bad idea, but several companies are working to make them a reality as early as next year.The vehicles these companies are working on aren’t the same from flying cars from “Back to the Future.” Rather, they are pursuing electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for shorter urban commutes.

Like the name suggests, these are vehicles that can take off without needing a runway.

Competition is mounting when it comes to the flying-car moonshot — here are 7 companies working on their own VTOL aircrafts:

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By 2040, 3D printer drones will become reality

BAE Systems concept designs

The Transformer is a futuristic long-range aircraft that divides into smaller ones during or upon arrival at its mission.

By 2040, 3D printers could be so advanced they could create small unmanned aircraft, BAE Systems claim. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could then potentially be used as a group of wide-winged aircraft for protracted or enduring surveillance or as rotary-winged UAVs to rescue single civilians or soldiers from dangerous situations, the defense firm’s scientists and engineers suggest.

 

 

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D-Dalus: A new kind of aircraft propulsion system made of rotating cylinders

D-Dalus hovercraft

Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology (IAT21), an Austrian engineering firm debuted a new type of hovercraft at the Paris Air Show this week. They claim the hovercraft can take off and land vertically without using any rotor blades or fixed wings.

 

 

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Supersonic Jets being resurrected for the business elite

Fastest business jet on the planet.

Spike Aerospace, a Boston based aerospace company, is working on a new aircraft that it believes will be the fastest business jet in the world. The aircraft is called the S-512 and Spike says that the jet will be capable of cruising at Mach 1.6 and will have a max speed of Mach 1.8. (Video)

 

 

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Aeromobil flying car prototype makes its first test flight

Aeromobil

Stefan Klein, a designer from the Slovak Republic, has announced the first flight of his Aeromobil Version 2.5, a flying car prototype he has been developing over the last 20 years. This vehicle is a strikingly beautiful design with folding wings and a propeller in the tail. But will its flight capabilities match its looks? (Photos and video)

 

 

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Reaction Engine’s Skylon could fly anywhere in the world in 4 hours

What the Reaction Engines’ Skylon aircraft taking off will look like.

Reaction Engines, a British aerospace firm, is working on an aircraft it believes would be able to take passengers anywhere in the world in just four hours.  The vehicle would also be able to fly in outer space. (Video)

 

 

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Drone blinding system will alert you if someone is spying from the sky and make you invisible

The new system will somehow “neutralize the drone’s capability to see you with its camera.”

Tim Faucett’s company, APlus Mobile makes mobile computer units that manage robots and UAVs for clients like the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin. But when he looks to the future, he sees a world where it’s not just the military and government piloting UAVS, but you and me.

 

 

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Drone pilots get stress disorders as much as pilots of manned aircraft do

Drone pilots

Researchers with the Defense Department have found in a first of its kind study that pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

 

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