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Joby S2 Concept: A Personal VTOL Aircraft

by Shane McGlaun
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Growing up, I fully expected by the time I was “old” I would totally have my own flying car. I’m rather angry that science hasn’t made that happen yet. At least not in any meaningful way. Joby Aviation has a new concept design that might be as close as we get to personal flying vehicles for a while. It looks like an airplane, but all those vertical propellers are electric engines that allow the vehicle to take off and land vertically.

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Once cruising, eight of the propellers stow away in bullet shaped pods, while the four on the ends of the wings and the tail rotate, and Joby S2 flies like a normal airplane. It can even land and take off using a runway if you need more range than the 200 miles you can get using VTOL.

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The little aircraft has electric motors that use lithium nickel cobalt manganese oxide batteries for power and has a 45-minute reserve range per FAA rules. Since it uses electric motors, the J2 is quieter and less costly to maintain than helicopters. It is also faster with a cruise speed of 200 mph.

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[via Gizmag]

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