As we are in 2016 and the dream of the flying car is still that, a dream that sold us science fiction. However, there are a large number of projects that seek to make that dream a reality, ideas somewhat limited, but so far is what we have available, yes, even without a possible commercial implementation that makes all have our flying car stored in the garage in the near future.
Despite this, developments continue to emerge looking to get in the air by personal transport and finally leave the streets. Thus we now know Lilium, a two - seater aircraft that could be considered another project, but outside that behind this we have the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Technical University of Munich.
Lilium, personal airplane that flies as a helicopter
The incubator project ESA is releasing one of the most interesting projects we've seen regarding personal aircraft, which solves one of the biggest problems in this type of vehicle: the need for a runway. They have therefore decided to incorporate small rotating turbines in the wings, which will allow it to take off horizontally in a space of at least 15 square meters.
If this system off sounds familiar, it is because it is based on operation using the aircraft VTOL X-Plane DARPA, only this time it seeks to have a means of silent transport, so electric motors offered are incorporated one speed of 400 km / h with a maximum altitude of 3000 meters, which will not interfere with the commercial airspace.
It has its own retractable landing gear and a recharging system via traditional plug; inside we find a joystick for operation as well as a touch screen showing various conditions of the aircraft, plus takeoff and landing will automatically thanks to an autopilot software, which will make easier operation.
However, there are still several outstanding details, such as autonomy, as well as laws governing the use of such vehicles, since we only know that you need a special license with at least 20 hours of training, in addition to its use will limited to uninhabited areas, as long as weather conditions permit.
Its creators have begun testing a prototype of 25 kilograms without a hitch, but hope to have the first full - scale prototype during the summer with manned flight in early 2017.