You've always known it was just a matter of
time before the world demanded some kind of flying machine which
would replace the automobile and a US company is setting about
doing just that. Moller International has developed a personally affordable, personal vertical takeoff
and landing (VTOL) vehicle.
Using a principle similar to that of the British Harrier jump jet,
the Moller Skycar volantor incorporates a patented thrust
deflection vane system that redirects thrust, enabling it to hover
or to takeoff and land vertically from almost any surface. This
capability plus the added safety of ducted fans makes it ideal for
a wide variety of commercial and military applications. These
include private and charter air travel, express delivery, news
gathering, border patrol, police and fire work, and search and
rescue, to name just a few.
Powered by eight rotary engines (two in each engine nacelles) that
can burn almost any fuel from diesel to natural gas the rotapower
engines have only two major moving parts. one or more of the
engines can fail and the Skycar will still operate safely. Even if
all eight engines fail two parachutes can bring the skycar to a
Dont sell your car just yet the Skycar is currently only in
prototype and undergoing testing, Several other hurdles are yet to
be overcome like licensing Skycar drivers, where to takeoff and
land and how to manage the network of Skycar traffic. The later
Moller is proposing to be managed by a type of automated GPS based system
that has yet to be developed.
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced the
first car radio in 1930. It was named "Motorola" linking the ideas
of "motion" and "sound." Motorola later becomes the brand name for
all Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's products.