LX-1 flying automobile revealed: Photos show a striking hyper eVTOL prototype

LX-1 flying automobile revealed: Photos show a striking hyper eVTOL prototype ...

The idea of flying cars is a long-established one, yet we have yet to see it become a reality.

A manned alpha prototype of an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft has been revealed, bringing us closer to fulfilling our potential.

According to New Atlas, the experimental prototype LX-1 lacks the flashy appearance from earlier renders, but it was developed to test the propulsion system, which consists of four banks of at least 72 small vertical-lift fans. Additionally, it has two larger diameter fans at the rear, giving it some horizontal thrust.

LEO Flight had previously announced its LEO Coupe, which was designed by award-winning designer Carlos Salaff of SALAFF Automotive, and which includes a groundbreaking, proven electric propulsion system developed by Pete Bitar of Electric Jet Aircraft, a DARPA-funded propulsion system. The airplane is described as a personal automobile for the sky by its designers.

The jet will have a maximum zooming speed of 250 mph (400 kph) and be able to travel 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.

Bitar has announced that the final version of the airplane would fly no less than 200 small vertical jets, each measuring 4.4 inches (11 cm) in diameter and delivering 11.7 lb (5.3 kg) of thrust, putting the total weight of the aircraft at over 2,300 lb (1,043 kg).

The aircraft will have a reserve weight of 1,100 lb (499 kg) and will be able to carry a payload of 510 lb (231 kg).

The LEO Coupes' size means it can be privately owned, used as an air taxi, and transported anywhere with little space.

The aircraft will have gull-wing doors that lead into a cabin for three adults, including the pilot, according to LEO Flight. The aircraft will have easy-to-learn semi-autonomous controls that make flying simple.

To avoid danger to those around the aircraft, the wings of the vehicles will be non-exposed rotors.

LEO intends to sell the Coupe as a personal eVTOL aircraft, with a somewhat optimistic range of around 300 miles (480 km) out of only 66 kWh of battery, with a price tag of $459,900.

VertiStop for mobile charging

LEO Flight has also announced its quick-charging LEO Coupe, VertiStop, that may be recharged at home and landing on just about any surface, but travelers may also use VertiStop as a compact charging and landing pad.

VertiStop can be quickly deployed on rooftops and parking structures. Providing support for LEO Flight's journey to establishing an extensive network of charging and parking spots.

The VertiStop vehicle's power grid connection and quick charging assist the vehicle's energy requirements. Its mesh top will help remove air currents from LEO's jet system.

It is also ideal for fire rescue, medevac, the Coast Guard, tourism, exploration, and most terrain without developed road infrastructure.

This innovative aircraft is a complete all-in-one vehicle, with all of its capabilities, appearances, and potential uses.

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