Airspeeder suggests its electric powered “flying” race car, the Alauda Mk3, has experienced its to start with unpiloted test flights in southern Australia. The craft, an electrical vertical takeoff multicopter (abbreviated eVTOL for electric vertical take off and landing) was remotely managed and the take a look at flights took place underneath the supervision of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
The ultimate objective for Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics (the previous is the racing series, the latter is the producer), the two started by entrepreneur Matthew Pearson, has been to make traveling motor vehicles for the, which the companies say is the upcoming step. According to Airspeeder’s web site, the “successful execution of these flights signifies that uncrewed electric flying car Grand Prixs will take position in 2021 at three shortly-to-be-revealed global spots.”
In accordance to(pdf), the unpiloted Mk3 weighs 130 kilograms (about 286 lbs .), can go from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, and climb to 500 meters. It has a removable battery, which its pit crews have been capable to substitute in underneath 20 seconds. It can fly for 10 to 15 minutes on one battery pack, the organization states, and it is equipped with lidar and radar to build a “virtual forcefield” to help avoid collisions.
Airspeeder says its preliminary EXA Sequence races, which it is arranging for later on this calendar year, will include up to four teams with two remote pilots for every crew.