Phractyl has unveiled a unique aircraft concept, which is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
The start-up Phractyl considers Africa the world's best region for aircraft: the underdevelopment of land roads makes the market particularly attractive for aircraft manufacturers. Start-ups that create vertical take-off and landing aircraft might have a special advantage because they do not need flight strips or even airports to operate them.
Phractyl's invention is known as Macrobat. This quirky bird-like aircraft has two crawler legs for traversing rough terrain together with cushioning when landing. The plane can carry loads of up to 150 kg and reach speeds of 180 km/h. The maximum possible flight range is 150 km. The manufacturer also alleges that the aircraft will include the option of remote piloting.
At the moment, the project's fate remains a mystery since the company does not have the funds to manufacture the aircraft. However, if Phractyl manages to attract investment, the aircraft could be used in several areas at once: from recreational flights to cargo transportation.
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