AeroMobil reveals flying taxi that transforms from car to electric airplane

March 26, 2018 by  
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Designed for both the skies and the streets, the AeroMobil 5.0 is the latest futuristic creation from the Slovakia-based flying car company. Rather than taking off as a traditional airplane does, the AeroMobil 5.0 is able to gain altitude through vertical thrust from powerful rotors embedded in retractable wings that deploy when you are ready to hit the skies. A rear propeller provides the vehicle with midair thrust. Billed as the “first and only electric VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing vehicle) to also drive on the road,” the AeroMobil 5.0 could potentially someday be your taxi, offering convenient flights right at your doorstep. The AeroMobil 5.0 is designed to complement previous models of flying car from the company, including the AeroMobil 4.0. “The multi-product strategy means we can provide urban travel with the AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL and intra-city travel with the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL,” said Juraj Vaculik, co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, in a statement . “Our strategy solves the limitations of alternative VTOL concepts which are tied to dedicated landing pods rather than also using the existing road infrastructure .” Related: Uber and NASA team up to launch flying taxis by 2020 The AeroMobil 5.0 is designed to seat four passengers, with each rider having access to a personalized experience thanks to a sophisticated advanced data, communications and media system onboard. The cumulative experience at AeroMobil and developed technologies upon which the new flying car is based has made the company quite confident in its ability to finally deliver on that long-held dream of owning, or at least riding in, a flying car. “AeroMobil 4.0 STOL uses several patented technologies, a highly innovative combustion engine and has the benefit of using existing aerospace and automotive technology, combined in a unique way, thus achieving far greater energy efficiency , speed and range than any electric VTOL,” said AeroMobil Chairman Patrick Hessel in a statement . “It is also designed within existing regulation , hence enabling much sooner go-to-market in 2020 than the electric VTOL category, which in general is being mooted as ready for shipment in 2025”. Via Carscoops Images via AeroMobil

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All-electric flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight

June 3, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Flying bikes have come a long way since Steven Spielberg sent Eliot flying towards the moon in E.T; notably, there are some very real, Hollywood-SFX-free ones in development. Aeroflex’s Hoverbike has so far reached a top speed of 30mph, and a maximum flying height of 15 feet, and now a team from Hungary has developed an all-electric flying bike that just recently achieved its first manned venture. The tricopter vehicle—dubbed Flike —has so far stayed aloft in controlled tests for over a minute, and with lithium-polymer batteries to power the cycle’s six rotors it has the capacity to sustain a 30-40 minute flight. Read the rest of All-electric flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay zoltan , electric bike , electric vehicle , flike , flying bike , flying electric bike , hoverbike , lithium batteries , litium polymer , tricopter

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

November 20, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

November 20, 2014 by  
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With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, households around the world are bracing for the inevitable spike in energy bills – but making your home more energy efficient could dramatically cut down on your heating costs. To help get you started, Heiton Buckley created an infographic that could help you save over a thousand dollars with over a dozen easy ways to conserve energy. Click through to see how leaks in your home are costing you money – and for a few recommended starter projects that could save big on your energy and heating bills. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , energy bills , energy efficient home , heating bills , Heiton Buckley , infographic , reader submitted content , save on energy

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Green Studios Convert Bleak Beirut Rooftop into a Gorgeous Living Garden

November 20, 2014 by  
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House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

November 20, 2014 by  
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Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

August 1, 2012 by  
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Dan Hendrix: The Future of Interface is Bright & Greener than Ever

January 25, 2012 by  
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At the GreenBiz Forum in New York City, the CEO of the world-leading sustainable manufacturer talks about how Interface continues to evolve and improve the sustainability of its products, and how its taking its products to the skies.

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5 flying wind generator design concepts to outshine conventional wind turbines

August 27, 2011 by  
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A Dutta: magenn air rotor grabbing the high-wind and churning out energy Imagine the sky all across filled with strange, rotating machines. Well, alternative energy developers are planning exactly that. The wind turbines you see out in the fields or in the backyard might just be rendered useless if these things take to the skies. Planned to be positioned in the skies, sometimes as high as 15,000 feet in the air, these ‘Flying Wind Generators’ are aiming high, and if they manage to harness even one percent of the jet-stream winds, it could be enough energy to light up the whole planet. Here are a few concepts for flying wind generators which might literally blow you away. 1. Flying Wind Turbines Sky Wind Power and Magenn Power are the two prominent agencies rooting to cough up the first of these machines. Sky Wind has in mind a 1,100 pound Flying Electric Generator which claims to be capable of producing power for as cheap as 2 cents per kilowatt hour, while soaring above 15,000 feet in the air. This kite-like structure will be kept afloat with four rotors at the points of an H-shaped frame. The spinning rotors will transmit the electricity through aluminum cables tethered to the frame. 2. Magenn Air Rotors Another company, Magenn Power has something called the Magenn Power Air Rotor in the works. This wind generator is helium filled and rotates around a horizontal axis. The transmitted electricity can be used immediately. While the FEG aims at working at extremely high levels, the M.A.R.S.intends to keep itself based around 600 feet, and turn at speeds ranging from 4 mph to greater than 60 mph. 3. MARS – A wind turbine that is up in air The MARS is not like other wind generators. Instead of being a bladed, two-dimensional structure, it is a closed cylinder. The advantages of being a closed cylinder are its ability to start at low speeds, and have rotors which vary in sizes at a considerably cheaper rate than other wind generators. The MARS can also float above tree lines for getting across great wind and doesn’t need vast amounts of open space to be deployed. 4. Joby Energy tests high-altitude, wind turbine prototype Joby Energy is testing its wind turbines which can produce around 800 terawatts and is powered by a 30KW system which resembles an airplane. The structure is suspended vertically in air with the aid of a channel of turbines. Once set to work, the system moves circularly to come in the path of cross-winds. The tether later transmits the electricity back to the frame. The company intends to unleash trials of a 100KW very soon in the future. 5. Kite farm offers parasailing while producing energy Keeping the high-tech rotors and daunting flying turbines at bay, this is something which promises to engage adventure seekers and, well, in turn, also generate energy. Colombian landscape architect studio Paisajes Emergentes has devised a way which involves kites, a grid, and occasionally, even people. What they plan to do is set up an energy producing kite farm on a beach in Abu Dhabi. Sounds weird? The idea is to set out around 200 kites and tether them across a 60 meter grid. These kites will convert wind into electricity with the help of wind-belt generators, which might light up 600 homes! They’ve estimated an average of 6,200 kw-hours a year of electricity from each kite! The park will be open to visitors who can merrily strap themselves to the kites and go para-sailing above the beach! Do it for the energy!

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6 Incredible Low-Carbon Airships: From Concepts to Reality

August 9, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Boeing As Lloyd reported a while back, Zeppelins are back —and not without good reason. Silent, stylish and low-carbon, many of us who fly regularly have been dreaming of the day when airships will once again grace the skies. (When we talked with Michael Franti recently, he even speculated about the launch of a Spearhead Zeppelin.) But while some concepts being floated out there are, for the time being, little more th…

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