未來的無人出租飛機Cora面世

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看紐約時報網站的報導,
Larry Page's Flying Taxis, Now Exiting Stealth Mode
Need a Lift? Check Out This Flying Taxi
這真是飛機史上的最新革命,太酷了。

該機體號為N301XZ的未來式無人駕駛飛機屬於KITTY HAWK 公司,
也就是谷歌創始人拉里·佩奇的投資公司。


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美國聯邦航空局和aviationdb網站可以查到它的資料,
比如:
Engine Type Electric
Number Engines 13
Aircraft Weight CLASS 1
Aircraft Type Rotorcraft
Manufacturer_Name ZEE AERO
等等。
regosearch看到還有另一架原型機N303XZ的存在。

找到這架飛機的製造商cora.aero的主頁,
裡面有極其漂亮的視頻和照片解說,
對它的飛行方式有了一些了解。
13台電動發動機使其既能像直升機一樣垂直起降,
又和普通螺旋槳飛機一樣平飛,
看其發動機軸靈活轉動,非常智能。




抄錄一下網站上的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是一家什麼公司?
Cora是Kitty Hawk創建的開發製造空中出租飛機的公司。它綜合了電力能源,自動駕駛,垂直起降等最新飛行技術。Cora剛剛開啟了一個讓每天日常生活中可以自由使用飛行技術的旅程。

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.
你們為啥要製造飛機?
Cora不只是關於飛行,更關注於人類的移動性。現在可以考慮節約在交通上的成本的問題了。你可以訪友,你可以獲取更多的機會。Cora可以為你提供更快更簡易的方式出行。

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的特點是?
Cora能像直升機一樣爬升,像一般飛機一樣直飛,不需要跑道,可以使用像屋頂一樣的空間就可以起飛。
Cora將使用自動飛機軟體,但處於人類的監管之下,這樣飛行操作對於一般人來說不用培訓就可以完成。
Cora使用類似電動汽車的可持續能源技術。

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.
買一架飛機要多少錢?
本產品不面向一般消費者。Cora將會用於類似航空公司或者共享飛行的服務。

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安全嗎?
Cora是一種類似汽車或者飛機的交通工具。任何移動交通都會存在固有危險。但是Cora具有很多安全特徵,包括:
獨立的旋槳:我們的螺旋槳和槳葉使用電力,它們能獨立操控。一個單獨的問題不會影響到其他部件。
三重冗餘飛行計算機:Cora裝備有三套獨立的飛行計算機,即使一台出現問題,Cora仍然能夠穩定導航。
如果Cora失去槳葉,它會打開降落傘降落。

最後是它的技術數據:
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.

動力:全電力
載客容納:2名乘客
飛行高度:500到3000英尺
翼展:36英尺/11米
垂直起降:使用12個獨立升力槳葉,因此不需要跑道
固定翼飛行:單發螺旋槳發動機
航程:62英里,約100公里
速度:110英里/時,約180公里/時
適航證:已經獲得紐西蘭民用航空局和美國聯邦航空局的試驗適航證明。我們正在和紐西蘭民用航空局一起努力獲取商業空中出租飛行適航證書。

期待能早日坐上這款飛機飛行!

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