Since the beginning of time, mankind has always wanted to fly. Early humans attempted to mimic the flight of birds despite having absolutely no understanding of the physics or mechanics required, and relied solely on their observations.
The history of achieving human flight is mainly one of disappointment, that is up until the past few centuries. Many brave inventors have tried to achieve flight, often through very basic inventions. Some tried to fly by attaching wings to their arms and jumping from high cliffs, others came up with the idea of air balloons making a big bag out of silk and blowing hot air into it.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few decades, flying contraptions have seen a considerable expansion. From airplanes, to drones, to flying phones, there is even some hype around flying cars, and now, flying cars are a thing.
Ever since cars were invented, people have tried to make them fly. Now, after nine years of quiet work in a secret Silicon Valley location, developers may be closer than ever to making it a reality.
Marcus Leng calls his invention “a personal aviation vehicle”, a single-seat electrical aircraft with eight small (but extremely powerful) electric motors that can fly itself, like a drone, so easily that it doesn’t even require a pilot’s license to use. The manufacturers say it’s intuitive and only takes you five minutes on their simulator to be able to fly it on your own. Its no longer technology standing in the way, he says, but rather regulations governing flight.
The BlackFly, as they’d named it, should be able to travel distances of up to 25 miles, and reach a top speed of 62 miles per hour. The vehicle will also boast a Super Charging option, which means that it will take less than half an hour to fully recharge its battery. It also promises a very low noise output. Owners will be able to set a perimeter for their BlackFlys, ensuring that they stay within a predetermined area, and if anything were to go wrong, the BlackFly is equipped with an automatic ‘return to home’ button and a ballistic parachute option.
This device was tested for quite some at the secret Silicon Valley facility where the craft was created. The research team claim to have flown over 10,000 miles over a course of one thousand test flights, reaching a payload of 200 pounds.
For a long time, flying cars have been part of an ideological future that has never arrived. However as it turns out, it may have, right before our eyes, because now you can purchase a BlackFly for the price of an SUV in 2019.
Noamane, Consultant, Leyton France
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