未来的无人出租飞机Cora面世

看纽约时报网站的报道,
Larry Page's Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode
Need a Lift? Check Out This Flying Taxi
这真是飞机史上的最新革命,太酷了。

该机体号为N301XZ的未来式无人驾驶飞机属于KITTY HAWK 公司,
也就是谷歌创始人拉里·佩奇的投资公司。

美国联邦航空局和aviationdb网站可以查到它的资料,
比如:
Engine Type Electric
Number Engines 13
Aircraft Weight CLASS 1
Aircraft Type Rotorcraft
Manufacturer_Name ZEE AERO
等等。
regosearch看到还有另一架原型机N303XZ的存在。

找到这架飞机的制造商cora.aero的主页,
里面有极其漂亮的视频和照片解说,
对它的飞行方式有了一些了解。
13台电动发动机使其既能像直升机一样垂直起降,
又和普通螺旋桨飞机一样平飞,
看其发动机轴灵活转动,非常智能。




抄录一下网站上的FAQ,挺有意思的。
What is Cora?
Cora is an air taxi designed and built by Kitty Hawk. It combines electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off to pioneer an entirely new way to fly. Cora is the beginning of a journey towards everyday flight, where air travel will be woven into our daily lives.
Cora是一家什么公司?
Cora是Kitty Hawk创建的开发制造空中出租飞机的公司。它综合了电力能源,自动驾驶,垂直起降等最新飞行技术。Cora刚刚开启了一个让每天日常生活中可以自由使用飞行技术的旅程。

Why have you made this aircraft?
Cora isn't just about flying. It's about people and mobility. It's about the time you could save soaring over traffic. The friends you could visit. The opportunities you could seize. Cora is about giving everyone a fast and easy way to get around that doesn't come at the expense of the planet.
你们为啥要制造飞机?
Cora不只是关于飞行,更关注于人类的移动性。现在可以考虑节约在交通上的成本的问题了。你可以访友,你可以获取更多的机会。Cora可以为你提供更快更简易的方式出行。

What is so special about Cora?
Access: Cora rises like a helicopter and flies like a plane, eliminating the need for a runway and creating the possibility of taking off from places like rooftops.
Ease: Cora will use self-flying software combined with human oversight to make flying possible for people without training.
Sustainability: Cora is powered by the same kind of technology that helps electric cars contribute to a more sustainable world.
Cora的特点是?
Cora能像直升机一样爬升,像一般飞机一样直飞,不需要跑道,可以使用像屋顶一样的空间就可以起飞。
Cora将使用自动飞机软件,但处于人类的监管之下,这样飞行操作对于一般人来说不用培训就可以完成。
Cora使用类似电动汽车的可持续能源技术。

How much would it cost to buy one of these?
This aircraft will not be available for consumer sale. Cora will be a part of a service similar to an airline or a rideshare.
买一架飞机要多少钱?
本产品不面向一般消费者。Cora将会用于类似航空公司或者共享飞行的服务。

Is Cora safe?
Cora is a vehicle just like a car or an airplane. Anything that moves has some inherent risk. Cora has a number of safety features such as:
Independent Rotors: Because our fans & propellers are electric, they can operate independently. An issue with one has no effect on the others.
Triple Redundant Flight-Computer: Cora is equipped with three independent flight-computers that each calculate its location. If there's an issue with one of them, Cora can still reliably navigate.
A parachute that launches if Cora needs to land without its fans.
Cora安全吗?
Cora是一种类似汽车或者飞机的交通工具。任何移动交通都会存在固有危险。但是Cora具有很多安全特征,包括:
独立的旋桨:我们的螺旋桨和桨叶使用电力,它们能独立操控。一个单独的问题不会影响到其他部件。
三重冗余飞行计算机:Cora装备有三套独立的飞行计算机,即使一台出现问题,Cora仍然能够稳定导航。
如果Cora失去桨叶,它会打开降落伞降落。

最后是它的技术数据:
Product Name: Cora (prototype)
Type of Machine: Air taxi
Power: All-electric
Capacity: Designed for two passengers.
Altitude: Operates between 500 ft to 3000 ft above the ground.
Wingspan: 36 feet/about 11 meters
Vertical take-off and landing: Cora is powered by 12 independent lift fans, which enable her to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Therefore, Cora has no need for a runway.
Fixed wing flight: On a single propeller.
Range: Initially about 62 miles / about 100 kilometres.
Speed: About 110 miles per hour / about 180 kilometres per hour.
Regulation: Cora has an experimental airworthiness certificate from both the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We are working with the CAA on further certification goals to bring an air taxi service to the commercial market.

动力:全电力
载客容纳:2名乘客
飞行高度:500到3000英尺
翼展:36英尺/11米
垂直起降:使用12个独立升力桨叶,因此不需要跑道
固定翼飞行:单发螺旋桨发动机
航程:62英里,约100公里
速度:110英里/时,约180公里/时
适航证:已经获得新西兰民用航空局和美国联邦航空局的试验适航证明。我们正在和新西兰民用航空局一起努力获取商业空中出租飞行适航证书。

期待能早日坐上这款飞机飞行!