Boeing has announced the second stage of the GoFly contest completed. The finalist startups will receive $50,000 apiece to create full-size motorcycles to compete in the contest’s finals for a $1.5-million prize.\n
Flykart2 is a manned flying vehicle with ten motors and rotors mounted in a single housing. To ensure its safety, the blades are reliably protected by special bars. The cart’s main disadvantage is its big weight, so it takes a lot of power to make it airborne.
Aeroxo’s ERA Aviabike is a flying vehicle drawing on rotary engine technology. It boasts 16 rotors, grouped in 4 sections and two pairs of wings, which allow for a vertical takeoff and landing.
The pilot’s position is similar to that in a sports motorcycle. He is protected from the wind by special glasses and fairings which ensure high-speed maneuverability.
The main advantage of the Silverwing S1 flying motorcycle is its small size resulting in lower energy consumption compared with its competitors. Though this can give the project a competitive edge, there is a downside as well: on takeoff, a «blind spot» is formed in front of the pilot’s face which creates serious risks. So the device need to be improved.
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