China has a plan to launch a new project an “Artificial Moon” that will light up the skies as far as 50 miles around. The artificial Moon will be eight times brighter and stronger than real Moon. It will be realized in 2010 in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
A Canadian company Opener introduced a flying car BlackFly which is considered as “the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.” The single-seat aircraft (or car, depending on how you slice it), does not require its driver to have a pilot’s license, nor does it require any “special skills,” the company says.
It sounds cool, isn’t it? The BlackFly can’t fly very far or very fast, but it’s all electric, amphibious (just in case), and you allegedly don’t need a pilot’s license to fly it. The maximum range is 25 miles (40 kilometers) at a top speed of 62 miles per hour (100 kph).
According to Opener flying car has an instinctive control system that each of us can use. There’s even an autopilot system that can land the vehicle in an emergency or transport you home. Opener says BlackFly has performed perfectly across 40,000 propulsion system, tests and 12,000 miles flown.
PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle)
VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing)
Fixed tandem-wing aircraft
Full electric propulsion
Basic Ultralight (Canada)
Joystick, fly-by-wire electrical controls
25 mph max wind (take-off and landing)
0 – 30 °C temperature range
13 ft 7 in wide
13 ft 5 in long
5 ft high
313 lbs (empty) (USA)
250 lbs (max. payload) (USA)
8 kWh (USA)
12 kWh (Intl)
120 V / 15 A 20% – 100% Charge 7.4 hrs
120 V / 20 A 20% – 100% Charge 5.5 hrs
240 V / 50 A 20% – 100% Charge 67 mins
240 V / 2×50 A 20% – 80% Charge 25 mins
[Opener will show off its vehicle at the EAA AirVenture Convention later this month in Wisconsin, but you won’t be allowed to fly it. The company hasn’t offered details on what it would cost to get your own BlackFly or when it’ll take orders], mentions extremetech.com.