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NASA Unveils All-Electric Personal Flight Vehicle

MikeChino (1640221) writes | more than 4 years ago

Transportation 2

MikeChino (1640221) writes "NASA is currently working on a personal aircraft that will put jet packs to shame. The Puffin is an all-electric one-man airplane that could be the start of some new and amazing air travel technology. With two prop electric engines, lithium phosphate batteries and a top speed of almost 300 mph, the vertical take off and landing vehicle was originally designed for covert military insertions because it has a lower heat signature than combustion engines. The Puffin would also be super quiet – 10 times quieter than current low-noise helicopters, and since the engine is electric it has no flight ceiling and can fly up to 9,150 meters high uninhibited by thin air ."
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Doesn't look very comfortable (1)

ickleberry (864871) | more than 3 years ago | (#30836132)

Re:Doesn't look very comfortable (1)

citab (1677284) | more than 3 years ago | (#30836312)

Having followed the experimental aircraft world for quite awhile... the Sonex is nice, but not really an advanced airframe. It's old school with a small jet engine attached. I'd probably shy away from that.

This design however, looks like it has potential once you got used to the idea of the vertical landing aspect of flying it. Seems there are many ways for a landing to go wrong. And I wouldn't want to be in the cockpit when one of those blades decides to fail unexpectedly. But still, I'd risk it to fly something as cutting edge as this.

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