Thursday, January 21, 2010

NASA Puffin Low Noise, Electric VTOL Personal Air Vehicle

A NASA concept for a Personal Air Vehicle. According to an article in Scientific American :

"In principle, the Puffin can cruise at 240 kilometers per hour and dash at more than 480 kph. It has no flight ceiling—it is not air-breathing like gas engines are, and thus is not limited by thin air—so it could go up to about 9,150 meters before its energy runs low enough to drive it to descend. With current state-of-the-art batteries, it has a range of just 80 kilometers if cruising..."

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