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Fri May 31, 2019, 07:59 PM

Hydrogen-powered air taxi? Yup, it's real

Alaka’i Technologies has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.



ZDNet 5/31/19: It wasn't that long ago that demos of hydrogen vehicles involved someone wearing an electrostatic protective suit. And flight, although ludicrously safe as practiced in commercial aviation, just feels inherently risky.

So it was with a raised eyebrow and slow clap of admiration that I got to preview a first-of-its-kind electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for passenger use and powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The vehicle is called Skai, and its maker is Alaka'i Technologies, an air mobility design and manufacturing company headquartered in Hopkinton, MA. The company's executive team has been working together in aerospace since the 1990s and boasts impressive resume lines from places like NASA, Raytheon, Hughes, and other aviation heavyweights. The founding philosophy is to create "progressive air mobility solutions to offer point A-to-Anywhere transportation that are clean, simple, safe, and accessible for everyone."

Which brings us back to a giant hydrogen-powered drone that you can sit in with four of your closest friends. The six-rotor aircraft, which Alaka'i debuted in a mocked-up version in LA at BMW Designworks this week, will be able to haul 1000 pounds and speed along above traffic at 118 MPH following a vertical takeoff. As aircraft go, that's not very fast, but Alaka'i sees Skai as a workhorse vehicle, able to take short hops with maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption. The system can be piloted onboard or from the ground, or it can fly autonomously...more: https://www.zdnet.com/article/hydrogen-powered-air-taxi-yup-its-real/

Top Gear: BMW helped design this hydrogen-powered flying thing

Cars are so last week. In the future we’ll all be flying. At least that’s what Alaka’i Technologies thinks. Enter ‘Skai’ – the company’s hydrogen-powered “electric vertical take-off and landing” vehicle designed together with BMW Designworks.. https://www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/bmw-helped-design-hydrogen-powered-flying-thing





Just another day in the Hydrogen Revolution

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:15 PM

1. Free enterprise made this possible, not any govt.

Capitalism succeeds at bringing new tech to life. Further it is better than any govt at R&D and improving the product.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:57 PM

2. Granny can't drive and you want her to fly

Hilarious

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:18 PM

3. They're drones, so the passenger won't be in control.

So it all depends on how much you trust your robot cabby.

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Response to Ax Crazy (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 12:27 AM

4. Its real easy, all she needs to do is put the right coordinates into the autopilot

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