Israeli startup NFT Inc. is developing its own autonomous electric flying car named ASKA. The vehicle is designed to address inner city road traffic congestion, and will be available for private purchase in the coming years. NFT will showcase the ASKA at the Ecomotion 2019 smart mobility show in Tel Aviv, and intends to begin test flights by next year.
Stage of Development
Basic Overview: The ASKA is the size of an SUV, has a range of 350 miles, and flies autonomously. It is capable of door-to-door transport and requires minimal infrastructural development thanks to its ability to park in a garage or on the street and take off from a 20 x 20 meter launch pad.
Safety for families with children: Engineering breakthroughs provide careful attention to safety, such as no exposed propellers.
Green: Our target is a 100% electric propulsion system, and we are in development with our partners to deliver it. The first ASKA™ model will have a hybrid system that works with current battery technology and still achieve our target ROI. These minimal infrastructure requirements are aimed to significantly reduce our environmental impact compared to competing technologies.
Highly aerodynamic design: The operating requirements and form factor of road and air vehicles are not the same. Our out-of-the-box thinking led to an advanced aerodynamic configuration that drives safely and effectively on the ground and flies very efficiently with improved L/D (lift-to-drag ratio) in the air.
Safe and simple transition to level flight: The sequence of transition from vertical flight to level flight is one of the main challenges in designing VTOL air vehicles. We combine 14 ducted fans, wing, and control surfaces with advanced control software to ensure a safe and smooth transition.
Quiet operation: A sophisticated ducted fan geometry and rotor design ensures a low noise level.
Evacuation: Because ASKA™ is the size of a car, it can be moved with a typical tow car -- no need for special cranes, etc.
Charging and fueling: ASKA™ will use existing charging and fueling stations to eliminate the cost and environmental impact of building an extensive new infrastructure.
Additional safety features: Design innovations match FAA safety requirements which include high reliability, back-up systems and sophisticated redundancy management algorithms.
Safe landing: In case of power system failure the battery package will support a 5 km radius for safe flight and landing.
Our Take on ASKA
Next Future Transportation is pursuing a class of eVTOL suited for personal use, and has been able to incorporate a myriad of features. While it is not yet definitive that the door-to-door solution is applicable to the widest market of potential consumers, it is a likely transportation solution for wealthy individuals in need of a personal vehicle. Guy and Maki Kaplinsky have extensive experience in serial entrepreneurship and strong market aptitude, which will help get consumers behind the wheel and get ASKA in the skies. The upcoming flight testing phase of the ASKA will play an important role in validating the various claimed mission capabilities and features.
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