The Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2 is a personal hover bike that uses protected fans to lift off and land vertically, and then transitions to forward flight through rearward diversion of the fan lifting force.
Stage of Development
The FlyKart 2 is a winner of Phase 1 of the Boeing-sponsored GoFly competition
Max Speed: 55 kts
Cruise Speed: 45 kts
Cruise Endurance: 30+ mins
Battery Pack: 9.6 kWh
Safety Features: Redundant propulsion/battery/auto-pilot, screened propellers, 4-point safety harness
Our Take on the FlyKart 2
While Trek Aerospace is not known for designing complete aircraft, they are very successful and well versed in ducted fan technology - which is precisely the niche application that the FlyKart 2 relies on for its propulsion and safety of flight. For these reasons, the team will most likely have great success with their FlyKart 2 in the coming years.
From the Trek Website:
Founded in 1996, Trek has been dedicated to understanding and improving shrouded propeller performance and efficiency. We developed Trek’s proprietary CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software program, TASPA™ (Trek Aerospace Shrouded Propeller Analysis), to design optimal shrouded propeller modules. Testing in NASA and university wind tunnels has validated the accuracy of our code. Flight testing of both manned and unmanned vehicles has further verified the real-world applications of our technology. Trek’s knowledge base allows us to design and build shrouded propellers that produce 50-75% more static thrust than our nearest competitor. Furthermore, our shrouded propellers outperform similar free propellers to airspeeds in excess of 200 knots. Like a modern day nerdy A-Team, today we are a small group of committed individuals who love to innovate and solve intractable problems.
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