[ExI] flying cars?

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 03:57:03 UTC 2011

It looks like the people who dismissed flying cars in the last few
years might have been a bit hasty.

| An Entirely New Class of Aircraft Arrives
|   from the pretty-fly dept.
|   posted by Soulskill on Wednesday June 22, @05:14 (Transportation)
|   https://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/06/22/0118231/An-Entirely-New-Class-of-Aircraft-Arrives?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

fergus07 writes "Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type
of aircraft at the Paris Air Show, which has the potential to become
aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. Neither
fixed wing nor rotor craft, the [0]D-Dalus uses four mechanically-linked,
contra-rotating, cylindrical turbines for its propulsion, and by altering
the angle of the blades, it can launch vertically, hover perfectly still,
move in any direction, and thrust upwards and hence 'glue down' upon
landing, which it can easily do on the deck of a ship, or even a moving
vehicle. It's also almost silent, has the dynamic stability to enter
buildings, handles rough weather with ease, flies very long distances
very quickly and can lift very heavy loads. It accordingly holds immense
promise as a platform for personal flight, for military usage, search and
rescue, and much more."

Discuss this story at:

   0. http://www.gizmag.com/d-dalus-uav-design/18972/

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