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Springtail EFV – finally man can fly…almost…

Springtail

The Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle or EFV for short, has a max speed of 113 mph, cruises at 94 mph and can fly a man over a distance of 184 miles. That’s good enough for a commute right? Although it might be a tad chilly up there at 11,000 feet. Still in testing at the moment it seems.

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 Trek Aerospace’s Springtail Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle is a single operator powered-lift vehicle that supports the operator/pilot in a standing position. There are a pair of ducts, approximately one meter in diameter, mounted on the upper end of the airframe above the operator. Each duct contains a fan consisting of five blades which produce thrust in the vertical direction. The fans are counter-rotating, eliminating the torque that is normally associated with a single rotor.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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