Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley-based startup, has officially ended its “Flyer” program, which is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle powered by ten independent lift fans. Instead, they are shifting their focus to Heaviside, a one-seater eVTOL concept with an eight-rotor design that has a range of about 100-miles and can fly at speeds of up to 180mph.
Unfortunately, this small aircraft will not have enough room for a second passenger or even cargo. To keep things light and rugged, the seats are made of bare carbon fiber. Thanks to the company conducting 25,000 successful crewed and uncrewed flights with their Flyer aircraft, Heaviside development should progress swiftly.
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Today, we are winding down the Flyer project. We have learned what we needed from it – things like vehicle design and testing, manufacturing aircraft, and most of all, how humans would experience eVTOL,” said Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk chief executive.